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Christmas gift packages for Deployed Troops

The Transcona Legion is collecting items and creating care packages to the Troops that are deployed overseas.

If you wish to send Christmas cards to include with the package that is acceptable.

You may obtain a list of these items at the Transcona Legion.

Please have them at the Legion by Oct 1st.

 

Remembrance Day Service

Transcona Legion attends a Remembrance Day Service at John Gunn School on November 7th, 2013.

Transcona Legion attends Remembrance Day Service at John Gunn School 2013

Transcona Legion attends Remembrance Day Service at John Gunn School 2013

Transcona Legion Member Writes Poems

One of our Members “Len Driscoll”  has written two poems
and I thought that I would share them with you.

The field of crosses.

I stand here with others
at the edge of a field.

It has many white crosses
for those who won’t yield.

They’re buried here deep
they’re all in a row.

Are they on parade?
that I don’t know.

They know that they died
they’re not looking for fame.

All that they ask
is you remember their name.

So take a good look
they’re not all the same.

On one of these crosses
there may be your name.

Perhaps you have died
but you don’t want to go.

There’s so much to tell
that the world should know.

Written on Oct 18th, 2010  by Len Driscoll

 

 

Rememberance Day
November 11, 2010

Today is the day
we honor with pride
every soldier
who has suffered and died.

From deep in the earth
and out to the sea
so many have died
to save you and me.

There were those
who could fly
and fight in the sky
many would live
but many would die.

I can’t help but wonder
what was it for?
Why did we suffer
this terrible war?

For those who
must question
raise your glass
in a toast.

For those who have died
we must remember the most.

Written on October 16, 2010 by Len Driscoll

Veteran on the Canadian Ten Dollar Bill

THE VETERAN ON OUR TEN DOLLAR BILL

 If you look at the back right-hand side of a Canadian $10 bill, you will see an old veteran standing at attention near the Ottawa war memorial. His name is Robert Metcalfe and he died last month at the age of 90.

 That he managed to live to that age is rather remarkable, given what happened in the Second World War. Born in England , he was one of the 400,000 members of the British Expeditionary Force sent to the mainland where they found themselves facing the new German warfare technique – the Blitzkrieg.

 He was treating a wounded comrade when he was hit in the legs by shrapnel.  

 En route to hospital, his ambulance came under fire from a German tank, which then miraculously ceased fire. Evacuated from Dunkirk on HMS Grenade, two of the sister ships with them were sunk.

 Recovered, he was sent to allied campaigns in North Africa and Italy . En route his ship was chased by the German battleship Bismarck .

 In North Africa he served under General Montgomery against the Desert Fox, Rommel.

 Sent into the Italian campaign, he met his future wife, a lieutenant and physiotherapist in a Canadian hospital. They were married in the morning by the mayor of the Italian town, and again in the afternoon by a British padre.

After the war they settled in Chatham where he went into politics and became the warden (chairman) of the county and on his retirement he and his wife moved to Ottawa . At the age of 80 he wrote a book about his experiences.

 One day out of the blue he received a call from a government official asking him to go downtown for a photo op. He wasn’t told what the photo was for or why they chose him. ‘He had no idea he would be on the bill,’ his daughter said.

And now you know the story of the old veteran on the $10 bill.

Veteran’s attend Dinner in their Honor

To finish up the
National Legion Week. 
The World War II and
Korea Veterans
along with their guest 
from Transcona area
were invited to
attended a catered 
dinner at the
Transcona Legion,
on Sunday,
September 26th, 2010.

Everyone had a good time,
new friendships were made
and some were rekindled.

Welcome to the Transcona Legion

We have many ways for you to join and enjoy a safe adult place to socialize and enjoy a night out!

Come in as our guest and see what our Legion has to offer you!

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