PUGWASH - On July 11, the local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion will be commemorating a new name and outlook.
The Pugwash branch is now known as "Royal Canadian Legion Peace Branch #60, Pugwash."
The branch's name change came about from a desire to support peace initiatives taking place in the village, according to Mike Lester, branch President.
"Our soldiers did not fight for war. They fought in an attempt to ensure a more peaceful world for their children, grandchildren, and future generations," Lester said. "We want to honour their sacrifices by highlighting the importance of peace and how it is something we should all be working towards."
The event will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Pugwash cenotaph and is open to the public and all are invited to attend.
Rev. William Cook will lead the ceremony. Also in attendance will be Legion representatives, community members, and members of Pugwash International, Canadian Pugwash Group and International Student/Young Pugwash, all of whom will be visiting the area for a workshop, organized and hosted by the Pugwash Peace Exchange. Also in attendance will be Talatbek Masadykov, Chief of the Political Affairs Unit for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.