Movie night Movie starts at 7:15pm. Everyone welcome. Hotdogs will be for sale. Free popcorn.
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.
The Transcona Legion Poppy Committee hosted a Dinner for the Ex-Service Men and Women of the Transcona Area on Sept 29th. The dinner was prepared by the Ladies Auxiliary and was very delicious. It was noted that they feel very appreciated for the service they gave our Country by us having a function like this for them. Greetings were given by the President, Celeste West and the Poppy Chairman, Jim Sylvester.
There are many other photos to view in the Photo Section.
MONDAY Bingo at 7:00 pm Earlybird Bingo at 6:45pm
Must be 18 years of age to participate.
Bring your dabbers and join in on the fun.
Game Specials feature Mini Loonie and Lucky Seven.
Results of Election of Officers
President Celeste West
1st Vice-President Jeanne Rudniski
2nd Vice-President Jim Sylvester
Chairman David Roy
Sergeant-At-Arms Sheri Armour
Past President Cam Wortman
2-year term Executive
1-year term Executive
There is one, 2-year term and one, 1-year term Executive positions still open.
The open Executive positions may be nominated and elected at a subsequent General Members Meeting.
There are some good dates available for booking the Legion Hall.
Please contact the branch to book your event.
President Cam Wortman and Poppy Chairman, Jim Sylvester present students at Arthur Day School with Certificates. They were winners of the Poster and Essay Contest.
President Cam Wortman and Poppy Chairman, Jim Sylvester present Certificates to the winners at Immanuel Christian School. March 2012