Legion Week kicks off in Amherstburg

 

The Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 kicked off Legion Week last Saturday morning with a parade from General Amherst High School to the Legion. The Legion’s colour guard leads the procession down Murray St. Activities continue at the Legion throughout this week.

The Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 kicked off Legion Week last Saturday morning with a parade from General Amherst High School to the Legion. The Legion’s colour guard leads the procession down Murray St. Activities continue at the Legion throughout this week.

The Legion parade heads down Ramsay St. Sept. 20.

The Legion parade heads down Ramsay St. Sept. 20.

By Ron Giofu

 

Legion Week is underway with the annual parade kicking things off Saturday morning.

The parade formed up near Bill Wigle Park, and used North St., Sandwich St. S., Richmond St., Ramsay St., and Murray St. before arriving at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 where a brief ceremony was held.

Legion Br. 157 president Dennis Purdie thanked those that took part in the parade and invited the community to take part in Legion Week.

“It’s a great honour to be president of this Legion,” said Purdie.

Purdie said Br. 157 helps the community as well as supporting veterans and their children. He said the Legion is a lot more than just a bar.

“Legion Week is to get people to realize what we do,” said Purdie. “We are here to serve the community.”

Mayor Wayne Hurst said without service clubs such as Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157, “Amherstburg would not be Amherstburg.” Hurst added that council is pleased with the work the Legion continues to do in Amherstburg and said the Legion has stayed true to its mandate of helping veterans and the community.

Merv Richards, executive assistant to Essex MPP Taras Natyshak, said Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 is “such a prize to this community,” adding that people from across Essex County like coming to the Amherstburg Legion.

“The Legion has been and certainly is a cultural hub for us in Amherstburg,” said Richards.

2nd Lt. John MacLeod from the #202 Fort Malden Royal Canadian Army Cadets noted it was the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.

“Amherstburg, like many towns in Canada, gave more than they probably should,” said MacLeod.

MacLeod also read the names of those from Amherstburg that died during that war.

“We will always remember them,” said MacLeod, who served as master of ceremonies.

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