By Tim Kalinowski
Redcliff Legion Branch No. 6 is marking 90 years with a community celebration on Saturday, Oct. 22. The day will begin with a parade to the Cenotaph, weather permitting, at 12:30 p.m.; this will be followed by a special ceremony honouring local veterans. A celebration supper will be held at 5 p.m. in the Legion Hall, and a dance will cap off the evening. If the weather is poor, all events will be held in the Legion’s Sword Room.
Redcliff Legion President Dennis Rathwell said the 90th anniversary celebration is open to everyone in the community who wants to commemorate the role local veterans have played in helping to build up the town since end of the First World War.
“We’ve only got maybe six or eight veterans left from the Second World War. But when you think about the 90 years, our veterans have seen all the good and bad (times)… We (as a community) are here today because of the sacrifices they made. And with the freedoms we have, without them stepping up it is very doubtful we would have what we do today.”
The Legion continues to be a strong presence in the community through its annual scholarship programs for local schools, its support of Redcliff Memorial Legion Manor, and its ongoing public education programs surrounding Remembrance Day.
“You hear all the time the Legion is just an old man’s club, but there is a lot more to the Legion than that,” says Rathwell. “We have been a big part of this town for those 90 years.”
Rathwell hopes many will come out to help the Redcliff Legion celebrate on Saturday.
“The public is most welcome to walk through our doors, and to receive a very warm welcome on behalf of our branch. It would be muchly appreciated if they would give us a visit that day.”