Royal Canadian Legion

Canada House at Juno Beach

Picture taken by David Knott for the 75th anniversary. His father, Liam Knott is the Coxswain of RCSCC 100 Admiral Mainguy in Duncan but lives in Ladysmith.

War Memorials and Grave Site Search in France and Belgium

Branch 171 has been contacted by two Ladysmith residents who will be travelling to France and Belgium in September 2019. They will be visiting Vimy Ridge and war site memorials at Calais, Dunkirk and possibly Bruges. They have offered to find and photograph gravesites for families of Veterans. If you would like them to do this for you please call Allyson Wagner at 250-245-7094 and she will pass on the information. We will need the full name of the Veteran and the site where they are buried along with the relatives contact information.

Liberation 75: The Royal Canadian Legion partners with the Canadian Tulip Festival

The Royal Canadian Legion celebrated the launch of the 2019 Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa, alongside partners including the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the National Capital Commission and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

The national festival features a special initiative this year that will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands in 2020.  As part of the initiative, people will be encouraged to help plant 1.1 million “Liberation 75” bulbs this year, to remember the 1.1 million Canadians who served during the Second World War.

Legion National Headquarters is supporting this initiative and its branches across the country will be invited to take part. Some branches may promote the sale of the orange-coloured Liberation 75 bulbs; others may hold special planting ceremonies along with community partners.

“The Royal Canadian Legion is honoured to partner with the Canadian Tulip Festival in such an important way in the coming year,” said Vice Admiral (Ret’d) and Royal Canadian Legion Grand President Larry Murray.

As a reflection of the festival’s support for veterans in Canada, The Royal Canadian Legion will receive a percentage from every bag of bulbs sold, to help with its mission of serving veterans and their families, promoting remembrance, and serving our communities.

In addition, the festival’s national floral partner Bloomex, will also donate a percentage of proceeds from the purchase of its “Celebration Bouquet” this year, the official bouquet of the 2019 Canadian Tulip Festival.

“The beauty, peace and tranquility of this unique annual festival really embodies the essence of the close friendship – almost family relationship – that exists between the Netherlands and Canada,” said Murray. “This very special relationship was born nearly 75 years ago in war and freedom, and has endured ever since.”

The Legion itself has an additional special relationship with the Netherlands and the Dutch royal family. Prince Floris, the son of Princess Marguerite, is the godson of The Royal Canadian Legion.

At the end of the Second World War, Canada received an initial gift of 100,000 tulip bulbs from the Netherlands, and smaller gifts have been received yearly since. At the launch event, the Netherlands announced its intention to supply 100,000 bulbs for 2019,  in honour of Liberation 75 activities. The National Capital Commission announced it would do the same.

The Royal Canadian Legion salutes the Veterans who fought to liberate the Netherlands nearly 75 years ago. We will remember them.

Legions in their communities

EVERYONE is welcome to join; You do not need to be a veteran or the family of a veteran!

As the years take their toll on Canada’s veteran population, the Legion needs the infusion of new blood in order to maintain the many services provided by the Royal Canadian Legion to communities like ours across Canada. Membership was originally restricted to those who had served in Canada’s Armed Forces and Merchant Navy.

The Royal Canadian Legion is proud of its military heritage and still maintains close ties with the Armed Forces today; however, over the years, categories of membership have evolved to include members of our close knit community.

Who We Serve

The Royal Canadian Legion Veterans Services Network serves Veterans, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP, and their families, providing support, referrals, representation, advocacy and financial assistance free of charge, Legion member or not.

The Legion’s Definition of a Veteran

“A Veteran is any person who is serving or who has honorably served in the Canadian Armed Forces, the Commonwealth or its wartime allies, or as a Regular Member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or as a Peace Officer in a Special Duty Area or on a Special Duty Operation, or who has served in the Merchant Navy or Ferry Command during wartime.”

If you or a Veteran you know needs help, please contact a Legion Command Service Officer.

The Legion is Canada’s foremost Veteran support and community service organization. Join now and help us improve the lives of those who served, support our communities, and remember the Fallen.

Community Volunteers

Volunteerism is one of The Royal Canadian Legion’s core activities. At its heart, the Legion is a grassroots organization that has its greatest impact through volunteer, community-based activities. Legionnaires comprise one of the largest volunteer bases in the country, committing millions of volunteer hours each year.

Through its local Branches and members, the Legion raises funds and supports essential services for those in need, and responds to the unique needs of their community. Our work at the community level includes outreach and assistance programs for Veterans and their families, fundraising to support essential community services, offering supports for seniors and families in need, organizing commemorative ceremonies and promoting Remembrance, and more. In times of local or regional crisis, Legion Branches and Legionnaires are there to support those who have been adversely affected by an emergency.

There are many ways to get involved and have a direct impact on your community. Contact your local Branch to find out more.

A Place to Connect

Legion Branches are central places for people to gather and feel connected to their neighbours. In many places, they serve as the primary community centre, hosting weddings, town meetings, community BBQs, memorial services, and other important events and activities.

Legion Branches are the cornerstones of communities. We encourage everyone to visit their local Branch and find out all we have to offer.

Supporting Youth in Our Communities

Many Canadians don’t realize that the Legion is one of the largest supporters of community youth activities in the country. The Legion promotes Remembrance to the younger generation and works with schools and youth organizations to keep the memories of our Fallen Veterans alive. The Legion also supports youth leadership programs and activities such as Cadets, Scouts and Guides, and youth sports, helping build the next generation of leaders. Visit our Youth education and Youth leadership pages to find out more.

Keeping  You Up to Date

We aim to keep you up to date with all of our various activities and events, special entertainment and monthly calendar and newsletter sponsored by your local Legion branch.

Legion buildingLegion building

We invite you to view the active monthly calendar which provides more information regarding our scheduled events.

Lounge

As the years take their toll on Canada’s veteran population, the Legion needs the infusion of new blood in order to maintain the many services provided by the Royal Canadian Legion to communities like ours across Canada. Membership was originally restricted to those who had served in Canada’s Armed Forces and Merchant Navy.

Guy Zimmerman and the fallen
Guy Zimmerman and the fallen

The Royal Canadian Legion is proud of its military heritage and still maintains close ties with the Armed Forces today; however, over the years, categories of membership have evolved to include members of our close knit community.

Please, feel free to come visit with us in our air-conditioned lounge.

Lounge

We offer friendly and courteous staff to serve you, a meeting hall with a projection system available, big screen TV and free WiFi in the lounge.