Legion branch opens new museum

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PARRSBORO The new military museum at Parrsboros legion may help bring the past to life, but the branch president said its all about the future.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 45 unveiled its new museum at a special reception on Saturday, April 21, welcoming a large turnout of visitors to see the new exhibits and displays.

Its for the kids, said Bedford Winters. We want to contact the school and have them bring the kids down here some morning, so they can have an opportunity to look around about what these things are.

Legion branch opens new museum

PARRSBORO The new military museum at Parrsboros legion may help bring the past to life, but the branch president said its all about the future.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 45 unveiled its new museum at a special reception on Saturday, April 21, welcoming a large turnout of visitors to see the new exhibits and displays.

Its for the kids, said Bedford Winters. We want to contact the school and have them bring the kids down here some morning, so they can have an opportunity to look around about what these things are.

The museum is two rooms filled with various pieces of memorabilia donated by people from the community, e.g. uniforms from all services, photographs, medals, guns and ammunition and much more. Items include a periscope used in the trenches during World War I, a torpedo donated by CFB Greenwood, and a section of the propeller from the Handley Page, a World War I airplane that made a famous stop in Parrsboro in 1919.

The front room of the museum also features a full exhibit on the Handley Page, as well as displays on the cadets program, war brides and the royal family.

This stuff was all in a big lump in another room, and it wasnt being displayed properly, explained Winters. People were donating stuff, and we didnt have any room to put it anywhere.

Thanks to a major renovation project, the downstairs level of the legion was rearranged to create a much larger area for the museum, which had existed previously in smaller quarters. Since the renovations were completed branch second vice-president Keith Odlin has worked tirelessly to get the museum into its new and improved form.

The results have been well received by both the public and the legion members themselves.

Im very pleased with it, said branch first vice-president Hugh Clarke. Weve had people tell us that they havent seen better right across Canada, so were quite proud of it.

Community members continue to donate items for the museum, according to Winters, who said donations have picked up quite a bit in recent weeks. He pointed out that all items loaned for the museum would remain under the ownership of that person or family, unless it is their wish to give it to the legion.

The museum is open to the public during the branchs business hours.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Geographic location: PARRSBORO, Handley Page, Canada

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