Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157

Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 conducts grave decoration day

 

By Jonathan Martin

 

A solemn, uniformed procession lined the pathways of Rose Hill Cemetery Sunday in honour of deceased members of the Royal Canadian Legion and returned veterans who died over the past year.

Members of the Legion, Cadet Corps., Knights of Columbus and the community at large wandered through the cemetery, looking for graves marked by service records.  When one was found, a small paper Canadian flag was planted next to the name.

Amherstburg town councillor Diane Pouget plants a flag on a veteran’s grave with Cpt. Jeff Turner, commanding officer of the 202nd Fort Malden Windsor Regiment Army Cadet Corps.

“This is our way of paying respect to this past year’s fallen Legion members and veterans,” said Cpt. Jeff Turner, commanding officer of the 202nd Fort Malden Windsor Regiment Army Cadet Corps.

Turner said the day, termed “flag decoration day,” is about paying homage to veterans who returned home from service and then died on Canadian soil.

The parade stopped twice before spreading out over the graveyard.  Both times, bagpipes sounded and large flags were taken down from the cemetery’s flagpoles.  Legion members solemnly folded the old, faded flags and then replaced them with new ones.

“That’s something we started a couple years ago,” Turner said.  “We noticed the cemetery’s flags were in disrepair, so we started replacing them every year.”

This year, though, there was a hitch in the ceremony.  He ropes and grommets from the flagpoles are twisted and worn.  Getting the flags back up was difficult.  Councillor Diane Pouget attended the event and shook her head at the state of the flagpoles.

The 202nd Fort Malden Windsor Regiment Army Cadet Corps., Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 and the Amherstburg Knights of Columbus march down the paths of Rose Hill Cemetery June 3. The groups planted flags on veterans’ graves as a show of thanks for their service.

“I’m going to go back to the town and explain to them that they need some work done here,” she said.  “The Legion is very, very important to the Town of Amherstburg. I’m sure they’ll be willing to participate in this project.”

Pouget thanked the veterans and active service members in the crowd for their service and planted a flag of her own on a few of the cemetery’s gravestones and markers.

“We are very, very grateful for everything you have done and continue to do in the service of our community,” Pouget said, addressing the crowd.  “It is important that we honour those men and women who left our town knowing full-well they might not return. Today is about that.”

 

 

Motorcycle Ride for Dad roars through Amherstburg

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Over 500 motorcycles roared through Amherstburg Sunday morning as the annual Motorcycle Ride for Dad came to town.

As is now tradition, the first stop on the ride after it left the Windsor riverfront plaza was Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157. James Prior, a committee member with the local Motorcycle Ride for Dad, accepted a cheque for $3,000 from the Legion and said it was an “outstanding, beautiful day” for the ride.

Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 president Laurie
Cavanaugh (left) presents a $3,000 cheque to Ride for Dad committee member James Prior.

Prior believed the local Motorcycle Ride for Dad “did well for sure” this year and there were “tons of bikes” that took part. He praised Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 for stepping up.

“The Legion is always really supportive,” said Prior. “We’re appreciative of the $3,000 donation. That’s outstanding.”

Prior pointed out the Motorcycle Ride for Dad raises money for prostate cancer research. He said that money raised locally stays in the area for research and prevention.

Ride organizers recently presented Dr. Lisa Porter, this year’s recipient of the Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation’s grant, a cheque for $20,000 for her research study involving prostate cancers that are not treatable by conventional therapies. A press released called it “exciting news, as she will also be collaborating with the University of British Colombia (Vancouver Prostate Center), University of Oxford (UK) and Seoul National University (South Korea) on this project.”

“As therapies improve for prostate cancer, cancer cells find new ways to evolve and develop drug resistance. This project will focus on finding new drug targets for patients with the most advanced form of resistant disease. Funding from Windsor-Essex will be instrumental in fueling this new area of study right here in our community.” Dr. Porter explained. “We look forward to what this year’s Ride will bring in and what other new studies we can back in our community next year.”

Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 hosted the over 500 motorcycles that took part in the Motorcycle Ride for Dad May 27.

Laurie Cavanaugh, president of Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157, said they teamed with the Motorcycle Ride for Dad about four years ago.

“It’s a good thing for the town. A lot of them come back during the year,” said Cavanaugh. “It’s a good cause.”

The Legion raises money throughout the year and decides which causes they wish to donate to, she explained.

After leaving Amherstburg, the ride stopped at the Colchester Bar & Grill, Freddy’s Restaurant in Leamington and Mr. Bigg’s in Lakeshore before returning to Windsor.

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Four veterans receive “Quilts of Honour” at Legion meeting

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Four local veterans received “Quilts of Valour” as part of a meeting at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 last Thursday night.

Richard Girard and Charles Goodchild, both Korean War veterans, joined Ernie Fryer and Garry Marshall in receiving quilts from Quilts of Valour Canada representatives. Fryer and Marshall both served as peacekeepers with Fryer serving in Cypress and Marshall stationed in Halifax.

“I think it’s an incredible honour,” said Marshall. “I don’t know if I’m as deserving as everyone else.”

Marshall added he was very appreciative of being one of the recipients.

“I am very honoured to receive it,” said Fryer.

Fryer thanked those who created the quilts and believes they should be blessed for their work.

“I feel overjoyed,” said Goodchild, after receiving his Quilt of Valour.

Goodchild remarked that it must have taken a lot of effort to create each quilt.

“It’s really an amazing amount of work they put into this,” he said.

Girard also admired the amount of effort the volunteers who made the quilts put into it.

Four veterans received a “Quilt of Valour” at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 last Thursday night. From left: Richard Girard, Charles
Goodchild, Ernie Fryer and Garry Marshall.

“It must take a lot of work to do something like this,” said Girard.

Girard added he was approached by his son Tim and spoken to about such an honour three months ago.

Afghan veteran Teresa Kitzul was also scheduled to receive a quilt but she was unable to attend.

Janet Bergeron, an Amherstburg resident who serves as the regional representative for Quilts of Valour, said the organization has distributed over 10,000 quilts to members of the Canadian Armed Forces both past and present. The quilts are designed to be “quilts of comfort” for members and veterans.

“It’s to say thank you for their service,” said Bergeron.

Bergeron noted that Quilts of Valour Canada is a charitable organization that runs with the aid of volunteers.

“All of the quilts are very different,” she added, noting all quilts made in the Windsor-Essex County areas have a maple leaf on them.

Amherstburg police chief Tim Berthiaume (right) shakes hands with the recipients of the Quilt of Valour last Thursday night. The presentations were made at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157.

Amherstburg police chief Tim Berthiaume was also on hand, and presented each recipient with a “Chief’s Award of Excellence” coin. He said it is awarded to individuals, organizations or institutions that have made “a significant contribution to the Amherstburg Police Service or community.”

“What you’ve done for us and your community is incredible,” Berthiaume told the veterans. “We do not give these out unless you’ve earned it.”

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo said it was his privilege to bring greetings on behalf of the town, saying the meaning behind quilts is “amazing.”

“Our freedoms and rights are thanks to you,” said DiCarlo. “We should remember veterans not just on Remembrance Day, but all year long.”

For more information on Quilts of Valour, visit www.quiltsofvalour.ca, e-mail janet.bergeron@quiltsofvalour.ca or info@quiltsofvalour.ca or call Bergeron at 519-726-5016.

Quilts of Valour is also on social media with their Facebook page being found at www.facebook.com/groups/QOV.Canada and their Twitter page being found at www.twitter.com/QuiltsofValour.

Legion, Marsh Collection teaming up for cenotaph upgrades

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 and the Marsh Historical Collection are teaming up to pay further tribute to local veterans.

The two organizations will be embarking on a project to enhance the area around the cenotaph with a focus on honouring those Amherstburg residents who gave their lives in World War I. Chris Gibb, board member with the Marsh Historical Collection, pointed out November 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

The plan envisions having six standalone plaques around the edge of the area surrounding the cenotaph, similar to the plaques in the Fort Covington Peace Garden just south of the Amherstburg police station.

Gibb said they want to tell the stories of who the men were, what they did, where they fought and died.

“These stories need to be remembered to never forget their sacrifice,” said Gibb.

The area around the Cenotaph, pictured on a snowy Monday morning, in King’s Navy Yard Park will be getting enhancements thanks to a partnership between Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 and the Marsh Historical Collection.

Lena Mangoff Lazanja, secretary with Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157, told town council at their most recent regular meeting there are other initiatives planned as well.

The Legion and Marsh Collection also propose a “Walk of Heroes,” which would be banners on town light posts with photos of veterans on them. Lazanja said they would stretch from the Duffy’s property and head north before winding up near Fort Malden National Historic Site. The banners would be displayed from Legion Week through Remembrance Day.

Lazanja said they would seek permission of the veterans’ families and look to cover costs through sponsorships. Money from the Legion’s poppy fund would be used to help offset costs of the cenotaph enhancements, she added.

Members of town council were enthusiastic about the plan.

“I love the idea of telling their stories,” said Councillor Leo Meloche.

Councillor Rick Fryer called it “a fantastic idea” and a “great initiative” while Councillor Joan Courtney believed future generations would be able to pay tribute to Canada’s fallen heroes.

“It’s a wonderful idea,” said Courtney. “A visual is worth 1,000 words.”

Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 recognizes poster and literacy contest winners

 

 

Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 wrapped up its poster and literacy contest with the winners being recognized.

There were 57 entries this year over several categories. The winners were as follows:

 

BLACK AND WHITE POSTER

Junior

First – Robbie McLaughlin (Grade 6, Anderdon Public School)

Second – Liam Dixon (Grade 4, Anderdon Public School)

Third – Cadence McLennan (Grade 6, Anderdon Public School)

 

Intermediate

First – Cam Sinasac (Grade 8, St. Peter’s ACHS College School)

Second – Hanna Hurst (Grade 7, Anderdon Public School)

Third – Michael Sabbadin (Grade 8, St. Peter’s ACHS College School)

 

Senior

First – Ryan Sinasac (Grade 11, General Amherst High School)

COLOUR POSTER

Junior

First – Jessica Flore (Grade 4, Anderdon Public School)

Second – Keira Hansen (Grade 4, Anderdon Public School)

Third – Shaun Espiu (Grade 5, St. Peter’s ACHS College School)

 

Intermediate

First – Hanna Hurst (Grade 7, Anderdon Public School)

Second – Maegan Sulja (Grade 8, Anderdon Public School)

 

POETRY

Intermediate

First – Cam Sinasac (Grade 8, St. Peter’s ACHS College School)

Second – Konner Lauzon (Grade 8, St. Peter’s ACHS College School)

 

Senior

First – Gabriel Patsouris (Grade 12, Western Secondary School)

Second – Petrina Franz (Grade 12, Western Secondary School)

 

ESSAY

Senior

First – Nigel Kirk (Grade 12, Western Secondary School)