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Veterans Project

Our Veterans - proudly past and present.

 

Gordon Gibbins, Joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1941 at age 17. Trained as a Anti-Submarine Detection Investigation Committee ASDIC (Pinger) or better known as Sonar Operator in later ships. Sailed on HMCS Sans Peur, HMCS Kootenay, D-Day support, HMCS Trentonian, in the Battle of the Atlantic. Gord survived the sinking of HMCS Trentonian on 22 February 1945 protecting a convoy in the North Atlantic.

We just heard Gord crossed the bar May 2, 2018. One of a few of our World War II Veterans. He will be sadly missed by all that the Lindsay Legion. We send our condolences to his family.

  

 

Peter Healey, Joined the Royal Air Force in 1943 at age 19. Trained as a pilot/Navigator/Bomb aimer. Peter then re-mustered to be the tail gunner. One of 7 members in a crew. Flew Wellington 2 engine Bomber, B24 Liberator 4 engine Bomber, and the famous Lancaster 4 engine bomber. Peter saw action over Egypt, Palestine, Israel, Italy, and was preparing to go to Japan when the war ended.

 

 

Douglas Louch, Joined Royal Canadian Navy April 1949.  Was trained as a Communications Operator (Com Ops) Served on HMCS LaHulloise (frigate), HMCS Crescent (destroyer), HMCS Prestoian (frigate), HMCS Chignecto, (Minesweeper). HMCS Iroquois destined for the Korean War. On an operation near Songjin, North Korea, took on enemy fire killing 3 and wounding 10. This was the only casualties to the RCN for the Korean War. Reenlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force 1954 as a Radio Operator. Many postings. Retired form the CAF in December 1975. Lastly Joined the Canadian Coast Guard.

 

 

Philip N Lilly, Joined the Royal Canadian Air Force Police (Military Police) in 1956 until 1966. Philip Lilly, was a teacher, Hospital CEO, and now a snow bird in the winter. Was an active member in the Legions over the years.

 

 

Don Scott, Was in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Marine Engineer (Stoker) He owns a roofing company here in Lindsay.

  

 

Ed Baker, Enlisted in the Army in June 1953. Served with the Royal Canadian Signal Corps with a multitude of different jobs. Honorable discharged in 1956. Ed has been a active member of Sir Sam Hughes Legion Branch 67 and Highland Creek Legion Branch 258 for 35 years.

 

 

Tom Cooke, Joined the Army and fought in Korean War.

   

 

 

 

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HMCS Lindsay

Pulls into dry dock at the Lindsay Legion


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Food Drive for the Kawartha Lakes Food Source

Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary Food Drive

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 67, Lindsay, would like to thank all those who donated food items to this Food Drive for the Kawartha Lakes Food Source held during March 2018.

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SPECIAL EVENTS REPORT

Come out to our Decorations Day at Riverside Cemetery Lindsay

SPECIAL EVENTS

VIMY DINNER:

The annual Vimy Dinner will be held in the Vimy room Monday (yes Monday) April the 9th. The guest speaker will be the Hon. Col. Armstrong. It is sure to be a good meal, a good chance to sit and enjoy friends and family and hear an interesting speaker. Tickets are available in the office only. Office hours are Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Social hour: 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Dinner: 6:45 p.m.

Cost: $15.00 per person – Veterans are guests of the branch.

This event was a well turned out event. Our Guest Speaker gave a very knowledgeable with a very solemn and entertaining speech.

Our MC should be congratulated on a job well done. Bravo Zulu.

 

DECORATION DAY:

Decoration Day at Riverside Cemetery will be Sunday June 10th. We will need volunteers to help the cadets and children place flags on the veteran’s gravesites in the morning, and then the ceremony will take place at 1:00 p.m.

Rob McDougall

Special Events Chairman

 

 

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Vickers Wellington Aircraft WW2 Book on sale at the Legion

All reviews on this book have been exceptional, a percentage of the proceeds will go toward the legion.

Vickers Wellington Aircraft

The Vickers Wellington was the most numerous British bomber of the Second World War. It was also the only British bomber to serve in that role from 1939 until 1945, and remained a front line aircraft with Bomber Command until 1943, a year after its contemporaries, the Handley Page Hampden and Armstrong Whitworth Whitley had been withdrawn.

The Wellington was the brainchild of Barnes Wallis, most famous for the bouncing bomb of dam buster’s fame. After a long period spent working for Vickers on airships, Wallis had moved to the design of aircraft. His main early contribution to the field was the invention of the geodetic method of aircraft production. In this system the aircraft fuselage was made of a light weight grid of relatively simple parts that combined to produce strong, light, flexible aircraft. The “basket weave” structure of the aircraft would then be covered with a layer of cloth.

The first aircraft produced for the RAF using this system was the Vickers Wellesley. This was a single engined bomber, designed to a specification issued in 1931. The first prototype flew in 1935, and the type entered service in early 1937. Tests on the Wellesley had proved the strength of the geodetic construction method.

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BRANCH 67 DONATIONS – January 1st to December 31st 2017

As you can see this Branch donates a lot of funds to all of these community organizations thousands of dollors each year.

A Place Called Home

Bethel EMMC

Big Brothers and Big Sisters

Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes

Canada Day Celebrations

Canadian Hearing Society

Canadian Red Cross

Capital Experience Program for Children

Charitable Foundation

Diabetes Canada

District F Hospital Trust Fund

District F Track & Field

Easter Seals

Habitat for Humanity

Heart & Stroke Foundation

HMK Children’s Water Festival

Homeless Veterans

I.E. Weldon graduation

Kawartha Art Gallery

Kawartha Haliburton Children’s Foundation

Kawartha Lakes Food Source

Kids Help Phone

L.C.V.I. graduation

Last Post Fund

Lung Association

March of Dimes

Monarch Bible Camp

Mouth & Foot Painters

Multiple Sclerois

Oldtimer Benefit Hockey

Ontario Horticultural Society

Royal Canadian Army Cadet League #2817

Salvation Army

Santa Claus Parade

Seasonal Sharing gift baskets for veterans

Spina Bifida

St. Thomas Aquinas graduation

Sunnybrook Comfort Fund

Teddy Bear Campaign

The Kidney Foundation

Veterans Voices of Canada

Windsor Classic Games

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We have a celebrity in our mist.

Howie Johnston, made these two videos in recognition of our veterans. "That`s our Legion President"!!! Ladies and Gentlemen

 

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Poem remembering WW2 Veterans

Submitted by Korean Veteran Cal Callebert.


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History of the Poppy

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL ​JOHN McCRAE and Poem in Flanders Fields

                     

POPPY HISTORY

​​​​Each November, Poppies blossom on the lapels and collars of over half of Canada’s entire population. Since 1921, the Poppy has stood as a symbol of Remembrance, our visual pledge to never forget all those Canadians who have fallen in war and military operations. The Poppy also stands internationally as a “symbol of collective reminiscence”, as other countries have also adopted its image to honour those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

This significance of the Poppy can be traced to international origins.

The association of the Poppy to those who had been killed in war has existed since the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century, over 110 years before being adopted in Canada. There exists a record from that time of how thickly Poppies grew over the graves of soldiers in the area of Flanders, France. This early connection between the Poppy and battlefield deaths described how fields that were barren before the battles exploded with theblood-red flowers after the fighting ended.

Just prior to the First World War, few Poppies grew in Flanders. During the tremendous bombardments of that war, the chalk soils became rich in lime from rubble, allowing “popaver rhoes” to thrive. When the war ended, the lime was quickly absorbed and the Poppy began to disappear again.

The person who was responsible more than any other for the adoption of the Poppy as a symbol of Remembrance in Canada and the Commonwealth was Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian Medical Officer during the First World War.


​​​​​​LIEUTENANT-COLONEL ​JOHN McCRAE

​​​Lt. Col. John McCrae Lieutenant-Colonel McCrae was born on 30 November 1872 in Guelph, Ontario. At age 14, he joined the Highfield Cadet Corps and, three years later, enlisted in the Militia field battery. While attending the University of Toronto Medical School, he was a member of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada.

With Britain declaring war on Germany on 4 August 1914, Canada’s involvement was automatic. John McCrae was among the first wave of Canadians who enlisted to serve and he was appointed as brigade surgeon to the First Brigade of the Canadian Forces Artillery.

In April 1915, John McCrae was stationed near Ypres, Belgium, the area traditionally called Flanders. It was there, during the Second Battle of Ypres, that some of the fiercest fighting of the First World War occurred. Working from a dressing station on the banks of the Yser Canal, dressing hundreds of wounded soldiers from wave after wave of relentless enemy attack, he observed how “we are weary in body and wearier in mind. The general impression in my mind is of a nightmare.”

In May, 1915, on the day following the death of fellow soldier Lt Alexis Helmer of Ottawa, John McCrae wrote his now famous work, an expression of his anguish over the loss of his friend and a reflection of his surroundings – wild Poppies growing amid simple wooden crosses marking makeshift graves. These 15 lines, written in 20 minutes, captured an exact description of the sights and sounds of the area around him.

Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae left Ypres with these memorable few lines scrawled on a scrap of paper. His words were a poem which started, “In Flanders fields the poppies blow…” Little did he know then that these 15 lines would become enshrined in the innermost thoughts and hearts of all soldiers who hear them. Through his words, the scarlet Poppy quickly became the symbol for soldiers who died in battle.

The poem was first published on 8 December 1915 in England, appearing in “Punch” magazine.

IN FLANDERS FIELD

​​In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae

 

POPPY CHAIRMAN - John Sherman

​As part of your oath to join the Legion you are required to participate in the Poppy Campaign. We need everyone to participate as many times as they can to make this a big success. Don’t let a few people do the work of many. All of the stores are a major source of revenue for us.
All the stores need to be manned as much as possible.100% of the time would be great and we can be achieved this if you volunteer more than once.

Sign up boards will be in place in mid October. Sign up where you can and as often as you can. This money is used for Veterans and so many other uses.
Even if you think you volunteered in the past and you don’t have to again... please reconsider as it is your duty to participate.

Just imagine the impact we could make if every member volunteered even 1 hour of their time to our Poppy Campaign. Come out and meet other members in this worth while endeavour. This is our major fundraiser of the year for the Poppy Fund.
John McCrae poem speaks of Flanders fields, but the subject is universal – the fear of the dead that they will be forgotten, that their death will have been in vain. Remembrance, as symbolized by the Poppy, is our eternal answer which belies that fear.

Sadly, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae died of pneumonia at Wimereux, France on 28 January 1918. He was 45 years old.

THE FLOWER OF REMEMBRANCE
An American teacher, Moina Michael, while working at the YMCA Overseas War Secretaries’ headquarters in New York City in November 1918, read John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields”. She immediately made “a personal pledge to keep the faith and vowed always to wear a red poppy of Flanders Fields as a sign of remembrance and as an emblem for keeping the faith with all who died".

Two years later, during a 1920 visit to the United States, a French woman, Madame Guerin, learned of the custom. On her return to France, she decided to use handmade Poppies to raise money for the destitute children in war-torn areas of the country. Following the example of Madame Guerin, the Great War Veterans’ Association in Canada (the predecessor of The Royal Canadian Legion) officially adopted the Poppy as its Flower of Remembrance on 5 July 1921.

Thanks to the millions of Canadians who wear the Legion’s lapel Poppy each November, the little red plant has never died. And neither have Canadian’s memories for 117,000 of their countrymen who died in battle


​​​​A SYMBOL OF UNITY

​​​At 0530 hours on the morning of 9 April 1917, the Battle of Vimy Ridge began, marking an important milestone in our military history. For the next few days, Canadian troops fought relentlessly, braving enemy forces, a heavily-fortified ridge and the weather. This battle was significant; not only was it a resounding success for Canada but, in the words of Brigadier-General A.E. Ross, it marked the “birth of a nation”. No longer would Canada be overshadowed by the military strength of her allies.
​This battle had proven Canada’s ability as a formidable force in the theatre of war.

The bravery, discipline and sacrifice that Canadian troops displayed during those few days are now legendary. The battle represented a memorable unification of our personnel resources as troops from all Canadian military divisions, from all parts of Canada and from all walks of life, joined to collectively overcome the powerful enemy at considerable odds. Our troops united to defeat adversity and ​a military threat to the world.

Now, decades later, Canadians stand united in their Remembrance as they recognize and honour the selfless acts of our troops from all wars.
​We realize that it is because of our war veterans that we exist as a ​proud and free nation.

Today, when people from all parts of Canada and from all walks of life join together in their pledge to never forget, they choose to display this collective reminiscence by wearing a Poppy. They stand united as Canadians sharing a common history of sacrifice and commitment.

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Local Business receives the Poppy Appreciation Award

St Dave`s Dinner receives recognition for their work for the Poppy Campaign

Owner of Local Business receives Poppy Appreciation Award for their work assisting the Legion Poppy Campaign.

St Dave`s has been a great supporter of the Lindsay Legion and has been recognized by the Poppy Chairman Comrade John Sherman below and owner Dave.

We caught Dave off guard with this presentation. Many thanks to him and his staff for their great support.

Dave`s Dinner has historically always bought all Veterans breakfast if they showed up at his restaurant in uniform on November 11 morning before the Remembrance Day Service.

The Legion thanks you and your staff for your support by this small token of their appreciation. Bravo Zulu!!!

 

 

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Royal Canadian Legion Colour Party & Sergent-at-Arms

Colour Parties lead Legion Parades, play a prominent role in Remembrance Ceremonies and opening Legion meetings and Conventions

Colour Parties lead Legion Parades, play a prominent role in Remembrance Ceremonies and open Legion meetings and Conventions. ​They command attention and remind us all
​of the Legion’s commitment to Canada's Veterans.

The Royal Canadian Legion has a long history of loyalty and community service, and one of the most visible signs of that is the presence of Colour Parties at most Legion events from the Branch level up to and including Dominion Command.
​Members of the Colour ​Party wear full Legion Dress and carry a set of flags that represent the Legion and the principles on which the Legion is founded.​​

 

Sergent-at-Arms for Sir Sam Hughes Branch 67 Royal Canadian Legion. Comrade Dave St Denis.

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Seasonal Sharing Basket with the Veterans

At Canadian Forces Base Borden,

The Lindsay Legion donating $1000.00 towards the Seasonal Sharing Basket to Veterans at Canadian Forces Base Borden.  

Once again the Lindsay Legion helping Canadian Armed Forces Veterans in this festive season.

 

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Remembrance Honours & Awards Dinner

Come out & have a great evening honouring our Veterans & Legion members


 

Our Special Events Chair Comrade Rob McDougall would like to thanks all who helped out with the Honours and Awards Dinner. Congratulations to all the recipients. Especially Comrade Howie Johnston for receiving the Life Membership. Also Comrade Hank Oppors for receiving the Legionnaire of the Year Award.

Howie Johnston receiving his Legion Life Membership.

Hank Oppors receiving the Legionnaire of the Year award

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Remembrance Day Service 11hour, 11day, 11 month

                                                                                                    Pictured, Janique McDougall reads Canada's Forgotten Women poem. - Barbara-Ann MacEachern                                                                                             Remembrance Day in Lindsay (1)Remembrance Day services take place in communities around the area on Saturday.

 

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Remembrance Day in Lindsay (2)

Lindsay residents came out by the hundreds to help honour those who give their all for the country at the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cenotaph in Lindsay Saturday (Nov. 11). Pictured the Silver Cross Mother wreath is the first to be lain in the Laying of the Wreaths ceremony. - Barbara-Ann MacEachern 

 
Remembrance Day in Lindsay (3)Lindsay residents came out by the hundreds to help honour those who give their all for the country at the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cenotaph in Lindsay Saturday (Nov. 11). - Barbara-Ann MacEachern 
bobcaygeon vets.jpgLindsay residents came out by the hundreds to help honour those who give their all for the country at the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cenotaph in Lindsay Saturday (Nov. 11). - Barbara-Ann MacEachern 
 
Remembrance Day in Lindsay (5)Lindsay residents came out by the hundreds to help honour those who give their all for the country at the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cenotaph in Lindsay Saturday (Nov. 11). - Barbara-Ann MacEachern 
 
Remembrance Day in Lindsay (6)Lindsay residents came out by the hundreds to help honour those who give their all for the country at the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cenotaph in Lindsay Saturday (Nov. 11). - Barbara-Ann MacEachern 
Remembrance Day in Lindsay (7)Lindsay residents came out by the hundreds to help honour those who give their all for the country at the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cenotaph in Lindsay Saturday (Nov. 11). - Barbara-Ann MacEachern 
 
Remembrance Day in Lindsay (8)Lindsay residents came out by the hundreds to help honour those who give their all for the country at the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cenotaph in Lindsay Saturday (Nov. 11). - Barbara-Ann MacEachern 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Remembrance Day Display in Adelaide Place Retirement Community

Residents delighted to have a Remembrance Day Display
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Walk in The Past 2017

Vimy Ridge display & Memorial

 

 

 

The Legion Branch 67 would like to thank our Business Sponsors for donating items which added to the presentation for the "Walk in the Past" Vimy Ridge display & Memorial. They include these Business listed.

  • Food Basics                                  Contact: Dave Darling

  • Valu Mart                                      Contact:  Tim Norris

  • National Grocers                          Contact:  Jason Foster, Blair Simmons.

  • Northern Casket                           Contact:  Kaly Ferguson, Gary Stata

  • Home Building & Display Centre Contact:  All the staff 


All Business are located in the Lindsay area. Once again we appraise your support with making this a great display.

 

Vimy Ridge 9 April 2017 ( 100 years ) Anniversary 

 

 

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Canadian Flag Protocol

The Canadian Flag was approved by Parliament and on February 15, 1965 proclaimed by Her Majesty The Queen. It is described as a red flag of the proportions two by length and one by width, containing in its centre a white square the width of the flag, bearing a single red maple leaf.

General

1. It is appropriate for the Canadian Flag to be flown or displayed by individuals and organizations; but at all times the Flag should be treated with dignity and respect and flown or displayed properly.


2. When possible the Flag is flown daily from sunrise to sunset at all federal government buildings, airports and military bases and establishments within and outside Canada. It is not contrary to etiquette to have the Flag flying at night.


3. The Flag may be displayed flat or flown on a staff. If flat, it may be hung horizontally or vertically. If it hangs vertically against a wall, the Flag should be placed so that the upper part of the leaf is to the left and the stem is to the right as seen by spectators.


4. The Flag may be flown or displayed in a church, auditorium, or other meeting place. When used in the chancel of a church or on a speaker's platform the Flag should be flown to the right of the Clergyman or speaker. When used in the body of a church or auditorium the Flag should be flown to the right of the audience or congregation. The Flag should not be used to cover a speaker's table or be draped in front of the platform; nor should it be allowed to touch the floor. If displayed flat against the wall at the back of a platform, the Flag should be above and behind the speaker.


5. When used on the occasion of unveiling a monument, tablet, picture, etc., the Flag should be properly draped and prevented from falling to the ground or floor.


6. In a procession, where several flags are carried, the Canadian Flag should be in the position of honour at the marching right or at the centre front.


7. The Flag should not be used for commercial advertising purposes. It is quite appropriate to fly it at business establishments or to display it to identify Canadian exhibits at fairs. Its use in such cases, as in all others, should reflect respect for the Flag.

Destruction

When a Flag becomes worn, noticeably faded or otherwise unfit for service, it should be disposed of privately by burning.

Half-masting

1. The position of the Flag when flying at half-mast will depend on its size, the length of the flagstaff and its location; but as a general rule, the centre of the Flag should be exactly half-way down the staff. When hoisted to or lowered from half-mast position, the Flag should first be raised to the masthead.


2. Flags of The Portage la Prairie School Division No. 24 will be flown at half-mast on the death of the Sovereign or a member of the Royal Family related in the first degree to the Sovereign, the Governor General, The Prime Minister of Canada, a former Governor General, a former Prime Minister of Canada, a federal Cabinet Minister, the Lieutenant Governor of the province, the Provincial Premier, the member of the House of Commons or the member of the Provincial Legislature.


3. Flags of The Portage la Prairie School Division No. 24 may be flown at half-mast on the day of the funeral in honour of students, staff, residents, or former residents of The Portage la Prairie School Division at the discretion of the Board of Trustees or the Superintendent of Schools.



Reference: General rules for flying and displaying the Canadian Flag and other flags in Canada. Secretary of State, Cat. No. 52-74/1978.
 
Adopted: Apr. 8/82
Revised: Sept. 10/92

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