Legion branch #45 marks 75th year
PARRSBORO Remembering those who fought to keep our country free is an honour in itself.
To have an organization that stands for those rights and freedoms celebrate an historic milestone is another story.
Such is the case for the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 45 in Parrsboro that celebrated its 75th anniversary with a host of ceremonies and special activities on Saturday, Sept. 15.
The legion stands for an organization that believes in helping people, said Hugh Clarke, a retired member of the armed forces who served in the Korean War in 1951 and 1952.
A day like this allows us to remember all the good men and women, those who went to battle with you, were in the trenches with you and all the good memories you have of those people, he added.
Clarke, who retired a private, said it was important to stay safe but he also said it was important not to step on any crabs along the beaches as the residents there would have shot you, as it was one of very few sources of food for them at the time.
John Graham, another legion founder and builder, who served in the Second World War, was pleased to be part of the ceremony, parade and activities held throughout the day.
A day like this brings back a lot of memories of the people I served with. None of them are here, except in memory, Graham said.
As one of the founders who first started this legion, Im proud to see its still going. It serves the memories of all those I served with and is a good place for social activities for the community, he added.
For Master Corporal Tom Wrixon, the day was important for two reasons. His dad (artillery specialist Morley Gordon Wrixon) was a veteran of the Second World War, and he himself is retired from the armed forces having seen tours in Yugoslavia and Bosnia in the early 1990s.
His uniforms and memorable trinkets of his father are on display in the legions war museum.
The day went very well. We didnt get quite the turnout we wanted for all our events, but the weather played a huge impact in all that, Bedford Winters, president of the branch said.
The day started with a parade to the cenotaph for a short ceremony and a march back to the legion hall for a flag raising ceremony.
A craft and bake sale was set up inside the legion hall, a corn boil and barbecue was hosted on-site and several kiosks, displays, and vintage military vehicles were on-site to help with the days activities. The Parrsboro Citizens Band was on hand to entertain the crowds and even members of other legion branches and ladies auxiliaries from across the province were on hand for the celebration