Parade kicks off Legion Week

 

By Joel Charron

The Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 kicked off Legion Week with style.

Bagpipes echoed through Amherstburg as Legionnaires, along with the cadet corps., members of the Navy, the Knight of Columbus and local dignitaries paraded through the downtown streets Saturday morning.

The parade kicked off a week long celebration for the Royal Canadian Legion.

Legion Br. 157 presidents Dennis Purdie said he was pleased to see the public turn out on a near perfect Saturday morning.

“I’m thrilled that we have a pretty good crowd today,” he said.

Purdie noted the role of the Legion within the community is “pretty big.” He said not only do they take care of the local veterans, the Legion also sponsors a lot of the local house league sports teams.

Purdie also mentioned the Legion donated a lot of money to other organizations in town.

“The money that we give away is unbelievable,” said Purdie. “People don’t really realize how much we give.”

Last year, the Legion Br. 157 donated over $9,000.

“We are here for our vets and our community,” he stated.

Purdie, whose mother was a past president of the Ladies Auxiliary and father a past president of the Legion, said he is “very proud” to be a Legion member.

“  It’s something I hold very near and dear to my heart,” he said.

Mayor Wayne Hurst thanked the public for coming out and showing their support for the

A parade through the street of downtown Amherstburg officially kicked off the festivities at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 for Legion Week

Legion Br. 157.

“We remember our fallen and we will do what is necessary to remember our veterans,” said Hurst.

Hurst noted that the Legion plays a significant role in the community, stating “that’s what makes Amherstburg so special.”

“No service club does more than the Legion,” said Hurst.

Hurst urged the public to support Br. 157 during Legion Week because “it’s our support that helps them make their significant community contributions.”

Councilor Carolyn Davies called Legion Week a significant week.

“The bottom line is our Legionaries, those who sacrificed their lives, those who came home and carried on in memory of the others and put their lives back together and those who are now returning from war torn countries all play an extremely important role in the peace of our country,” said Davies.

A number of activities are planned through out the week. Fighting Island Boxing Club hosted an outdoor boxing event Saturday afternoon, while on Sunday new members were welcomed into the Br. 157.

Thursday night the Br. 157 will host an Appreciation Dinner.

Saturday, Sept. 22 the Legion will be handing out honours and Awards and later that night Frank Cross will perform as Elvis. A spaghetti dinner will be served at 6 p.m., the show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $15.

Legion Week is capped off with the Wigs for Kids event starting at noon.

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