The Ladies Auxiliary operates a Bingo every Thursday afternoon held on the Main Floor of the Legion. Play starts at 12:30 pm with penny bingo and at 1:00 pm regular bingo with 2 accumulator games. These games require bingo chips to play. There are also 3 special games requiring bingo dabbers. The special bingo paper sheets must be purchased before 12:30 pm. Refreshments (Sandwiches, cake, coffee or Tea)are sold before and during intermission. We would be pleased to see you there and bring a friend.
We are holding a Grey Cup Party
November 30th at 4:00pm
Game Starts at 5:00 pm Tickets are $10.00 each
Food: Lasagne, Wings, and more…….
The Transcona Legion is holding their annual Rememberance Day Parade and Service on November 11, 2014.
The Parade forms up outside the Legion at 10:20 am then marches to the Blessed Scacrament Church for a Service to start at 11:00 am. After the Service the parade will march back to the Legion.
Transcona Pipes and Drums on Parade
THE AFGHAN MEMORIAL VIGIL
During 16-20 September, the beautifully-crafted Afghanistan Memorial Vigil will find its home of reverence in the Manitoba Legislative Building, 450 Broadway, Winnipeg in the Rotunda, so that all Canadians can remember Canada’s commitment to the war on terror. Built from the recovered memorial plaques from Kandahar Air Field cenotaph, the Vigil display focusses on fallen Canadians, including the 158 soldiers, a Canadian diplomat, contractor, journalist as well as 40 United States Armed Forces personnel attached to the Canadian Forces. The Vigil, placed in the Rotunda, is open for public viewing starting on Tuesday, 16 September from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and daily from Wednesday to Saturday (17-20 September) during opening hours (8:00 a.m.to 8:00 p.m.). Soldiers from 38 Canadian Brigade Group, many of them veterans from the war, will serve within the Vigil during the time it is open to the public.
The Afghanistan Memorial Vigil remembers and honours those who have fallen in Afghanistan. It also acknowledges the bravery, dedication, valour and professionalism of all members of the Canadian Armed Forces who have served in Afghanistan and supported the From Regina, the Afghanistan Memorial Vigil will continue eastbound eventually completing its cross-country journey in Ottawa during Remembrance Week in November.
The plaques within the Memorial Vigil were formerly part of the Kandahar Air Field cenotaph. The cenotaph was a memorial structure for Canadian soldiers to commemorate their fallen comrades while deployed in Afghanistan. The rest of the cenotaph is housed in a warehouse in Ottawa awaiting decision for a permanent home.
More than 39,000 Canadian Armed Forces members have served in an Afghanistan theatre of operations or in support of the mission from other locations around the world during the 12 years of service in Afghanistan.
The Afghanistan Memorial Vigil has been travelling across Canada and the United States from 4 May until 12 November 2014. The intent is to allow as many Canadians, military and civilians, to view the vigil before a permanent home is selected for an Afghan Cenotaph in the National Capital Region.
Please view pictures of our beautifully decorated for a Wedding recently in the Moroz Hall at the Legion.
You too can rent the Hall for a reasonable price. Please contact the Transcona Legion at 204-222-9951.
“National Day of Honour” for the Afghanistan Veterans on Friday, May 9th
Doors open at 10:45 am.
Ceremony at Noon
Light Lunch to be served.
All Veterans and Members are welcome to attend.
The Service Men and Women from 17 Wing, Winnipeg will be attending.
Legion Decorated a Christmas Tree in the Centennial Square this December. Decorators were Jim and Arlene Reid, Ken Bouchart, Lorne Tyson and Celeste West. As it so happened this was a contest and votes were cast at the park for the best liked tree. And the winner was the Legion Tree. The Transcona Legion donated the prize of $100.00 of Biz Bucks was donated to the Transcona Food Bank. MERRRY CHRISTMAS Everyone.
My father Paul Martin is over 93 years old and was born and raised in Transcona. When he was 19 years old he joined the Royal Winnipeg Rifles. He came ashore during the first wave of the D–Day landings on Juno Beach.
My father lost a number of Transcona school friends during the war and made a pledge that when he returned home he would let future generations know about what his comrades and other veterans did.
My father has kept his promise for the last 35 years by speaking to students at Transcona schools in the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day.
The first school he spoke at so many years ago was Central School and this year, on Nov. 7, while speaking at École Centrale, he announced he was retiring from this role and asked the younger generations to keep his message of remembrance flowing.
My father asked the students if they saw him on the street to offer him a silent salute of thanks. When he finished his speech there was no applause but most hands in the room moved into a silent salute. Only after the salute did applause follow.
As my father headed down the hallway, using his walker, a line of students and parents formed on each side of him. As he passed, each person saluted a soldier who cared about preserving the memory and sacrifices of all those who served and especially for the ultimate sacrifice given by so many.
There is no doubt my father has touched many lives during the years. In fact, just before he spoke, a man approached to shake his hand and let him know that he remembered hearing the school talks as he was growing up and that now his daughter was hearing the same message. What a legacy.
My father has always been a patriotic Canadian and he has a tall flagpole in his back yard where the Canadian flag proudly flies.
A couple of weeks before Remembrance Day, my father noticed the flag had begun to tear and fray at the edges, so he placed a call to his member of Parliament, Lawrence Toet, to help him find a replacement. Within a few days, MP Toet was at my father’s house with a brand new flag. My father was struck by the fact Mr. Toet actually came to his house. What was really surprising was that a politician could do something so special and not invite media.
Thank you, Lawrence, for doing that for my father. He was touched.
I would ask all those who have seen my father speak at their school over the past three or more decades to offer a silent salute when they see him. He will know what it means.
That is all he wants and that is really what all soldiers want and deserve — a salute of thanks and appreciation. My father has retired but his message must carry forward and he has entrusted the role to younger generations.
I have met with the Transcona Legion, Branch No. 7 leaders and we will be seeking individuals of all ages to be part of speaker training before Remembrance day, 2014.
We will work with you, provide the information needed and actually provide training on presentation skills and techniques.
If you are interested in being part of the speaker team, please contact me through the Transcona Legion.
Peter Martin is president of the Transcona Historical Museum, president of the Transcona Playground Renewal Association and carrier of the Torch of Remembrance for the Transcona Legion Branch No. 7
Transcona Legion attends a Remembrance Day Service at John Gunn School on November 7th, 2013.
Life Membership awarded to Comrade Darwin Armstrong, by President, Comrade Celeste West on October 18th, 2013.