Vimy Ridge

VIMY RIDGE DAY 

April 9,1917 is the date that soldiers of the Canadian Corps began their role in the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

There were many key components to the success of the Corps-from leadership, planning and preparation for this operation. A huge underground tunnel system was built that helped protect our troops. The Royal Flying Corp were involved in aerial reconnaissance which provided the necessary photographs. There were some new technological innovations and the four Canadian division fought together as a unified force-the first time in history.

It took four days before the Canadian Corps had successful taken control of Vimy Ridge. There were many casualties and lives lost.

France granted the land to Canada in 1922 in perpetuity as a Memorial to the soldiers of the First World War. The memorial is referred to as the Vimy Ridge National Historic Site of Canada

The remains of the Unknown Soldier that lies in the Tomb, in front of the National War Museum, are those of an unidentified Canadian Soldier who had been buried near Vimy Ridge in France.                                                            

The Federal Government has declared that April 9 as Vimy Ridge Day. This day we honour and remember those that fought in the Battle of Vimy Ridge.  The flag on the Peace Tower will be lowered at half-mast.

Our flag will also be lowered this Friday for the weekend.

Honourary Street Names

RECOGNIZATION OF WWII VETERANS RESIDING IN TRANSCONA

This year, is the 75th Anniversary to the end of World War II, Transcona had a significant number of men lost to this war-over 40 never returned home.  Our Branch has actively remembered our fallen at our Decoration Day in June and our Remembrance Day Service.

Comrade Peter Martin, from our Branch, has been working with members of our Community to         ensure “We Never Forget” our Veterans.

This group has worked on a project researching the names of Veterans who live within our Community and who served during WWII. The goal is to have a Honourary Street named        after them.  We encourage everyone to go about the community to view this special tribute.

Today Transcona has 8 Honourary Street Names with a new one submitted to the City for consideration.

Andrushko Way- corner of Melrose and Wabasha (Steve Andrushko)

Henry Golis Way -Regent W between Winona and Madeline

Robert Bullen Way -Rosseau between Hoka and Madeline.

Walter Nilsson WayWebster Ave between Dugald Rd and Copeland St

Jack Wright Way- Leola St between Harvard Ave E and Whittier Ave E 

Lavana Sorokowski WayHorton Ave E between Day St and Wabasha St

John Cochrane WayRavelston Ave W between Hoka St and Madeline St 

Peter Frejuk Way- Cloverdale Cres between Kildare Ave W and Brewster St

 

If you know of a WWII Veteran who currently resides within Transcona please let Peter know by sending him an email at branch7@shaw.ca  subject  attn Peter Martin-Veterans. Please provide the name and as much information as you can about the Veteran as well as your contact information. Peter will be in contact with you / our Veterans once it is physically safe to.

Let us all remember the tragic losses that have taken place in our Country and continue to recognize the hard work that our Armed Forces-RCMP-Police-Fire Fighters-Ambulance -Front Line and Essential Workers continue to do for us.

Easter Weekend

REMINDER – as we are closed for Good Friday- there will be no one to check messages on this day.

Our Secretary Linda will be in next week- Monday-Wednesday-Friday for a couple hours each day to see to the business of our Branch.

Veterans/Members requiring assistance please feel free to contact us at 204 222 9951.

Any new information about our re-opening will appear on our Website and our Facebook.

Everyone please continue to stay safe.

 

 

 

February Message from Branch

Veterans-Members-Community

 

The latest changes to the COVID restriction do not provide for Legions to re-open. The current changes are in effect for at least 3 weeks.

We hope at that time that will be part of the next phase to re-open our doors.

We have for sale Legion masks and you can call 204-222-9951 to make arrangements for a time to come down to purchase the masks.

Our Secretary Linda is in for a few hours Monday-Wednesday-Friday to ensure that the business of our Branch is looked after.

Veterans and Members-please note if you require assistance please contact us at

204 222-9951.

Everyone please stay safe.

 

LOUIS RIEL DAY

 

LOUIS RIEL DAY

 

February 15th

         STAFF WILL NOT BE IN TODAY  

 

             Provincial Stat Holiday- Family Day in Manitoba

             Traditionally held during Festival du Voyageur

              A day to enjoy the outdoors with your family

              Check out the many sculptures displayed

                Skate-Ski-Snowshoes-Toboggan-Sledding

                 Remember to follow all the COVID protocols