Transcona Legion 90th Birthday

This year the Transcona Legion Branch #7  celebrates its 90th Birthday.

Please watch for upcoming events pertaining to the Celebrations.

 

 

 

What the Legion Stands For

The Royal Canadian Legion was known as the British Empire League
and was later changed to become The Royal Canadian Legion as it is known today.
The purpose of the Legion was to help and assist members of the forces that returned
from war conflicts.  The wounded and the families of the forces.
The main program with the Legion is the Remembrance Day activities where we remember
the Veterans that lost their lives in the wars.
We have a church service where all our veterans are remembered.
This takes place at the 11th minute, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month every year.

We will have a wreath laying and the laying of a poppy for the veterans at
The Blessed Sacrament Church on Roanoke at 10:30AM, Nov 11th.

Transcona Sea Cadets News

Wintersail 2016, which is being held for 10 days in Victoria, BC.
Three of Transcona’s Cadets won the preliminaries this past fall in Gimli, MB., and are part of a group of only 16 Cadets from around the Northwest Region that are competing.  It is an amazing opportunity for them.

I just wanted to pass this along to you to show how much the Legion impacts what we are able to do for our Cadets.  While the DND pays for Wintersail entirely, we would not be able to develop and train our Cadets to the extent they are without the Transcona and Elmwood Legion’s ongoing support, and are proud to share a partnership with the Legion.

We are extremely proud of CP01 Sebastian Wright, P01 Cameron Kalynuik
and P01 Johnathan Wood for representing our communities.

https://prairiecadets.smugmug.com/Sea-Cadets/Events/WinterSail/WinterSail-2016/WinterSail-2016/i-Hn3LRCZ

Dawn Berry
President-350 Transcona Branch
Navy League of Canada

 

Thursday Afternoon Bingo

The Transcona Legion operates a Bingo every Thursday afternoon held on the Main Floor of the Legion Doors Open at 11:00 am.   Play starts at 12:00 pm with penny bingo and at12:30 pm regular bingo with  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 12:00 pm.  The Bingo is usually over around 4:00 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.

Remembrance Day Poster and Essay Contest at Immanuel Christian School

Transcona Legion was at Immanuel Christian School presenting award winners with their Certificates for the Poppy Contest for Posters and Essays they prepared and submitted.

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Veteran celebrates Birthday

WWII Veteran Paul Martin celebrated his 95th birthday at the Honour, Awards& Initiation night.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 

Rememberance Day Parade and Service

Transcona Legion Parade Nov 11th 2014

 

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.

Nov Parade 2014

 

Transcona Pipe Band  in Nov 11 Parade

 

 

 

 

 

Transcona Pipes and Drums on Parade

HALL RENTAL FOR WEDDINGS

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.

Hall decorated for Wedding

 

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Moroz Hall

 

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National Day of Honour

“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.

 

A Veteran Passes on the Torch of Remembrance

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

Paul Martin - World War II  War Veteran

Paul Martin – World War II War Veteran

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