Legion presents chair to local veteran

Andrew Wagstaff
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Veteran Mike Morris (left) was presented with a new power lift chair from his branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 45 of Parrsboro last week. On hand for the presentation was fellow veteran and legion member Don Fletcher.

ADVOCATE HARBOUR – Mike Morris stood at attention as the sergeant-at-arms for Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 45 for several years, but now he is resting easier thanks to what the branch has given him.

The Parrsboro branch purchased a new power lift chair for Morris, who is now a resident at Chignecto Manor in Advocate Harbour. Legion member and county councillor Don Fletcher presented him with the new chair during a recent visit.

Branch president said he learned about the situation from Fletcher after he visited Morris and discovered that his previous chair was not only broken, but was not repairable.

“Don and called and asked what we could do,” said Odlin. “I took it to the branch and we said, ‘OK, he’s one of ours, we’ll deal with it.’”

The chair was purchased from the branch’s poppy fund, and was provided to Morris on a permanent loan basis.

“Branch 45 bought the chair, and House of Yorke in Parrsboro gave them a great deal on it,” said Fletcher.

The power lift chairs are great for people who have bad hips or knees because they tilt up. Odlin said the legion has been buying the chairs for veterans in facilities such as the veterans’ wing at High Crest in Springhill for some time now.

“Our mandate is to look after veterans, whether old or young, to make sure their needs are met,” said Odlin.

Sitting back, watching TV from his room in the new chair, Morris had few words, but his wide smile said it all.


Organizations: Royal Canadian Legion Branch, House of Yorke

Geographic location: ADVOCATE HARBOUR, Parrsboro, Springhill

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