To the Editor:
Remembrance Day 2017 is next week and I would like to share some information about Legion Remembrance-related topics.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 110 Slave Lake distributes poppy boxes in the Slave Lake area and up to Wabasca and Red Earth. All of the money collected in these boxes is deposited to the Slave Lake branch poppy fund. The use of poppy fund proceeds is restricted and monitored by Legion regulations. When our branch wants to use poppy funds for an approved use, we must pass a motion at an executive or general meeting and then submit it for approval to our District, which is accountable to the Alberta-NWT Command.
Some of the uses of our poppy fund that were approved in the last year were: maintenance and repair of scooters which we loan out to local veterans; purchase of walkers for use by local veterans or their families; a donation to the AB-NWT Command Poppy fund; a donation to the Slave Lake Army Cadet Corp; a bursary for a child of a veteran. The poppy funds are never used for the operation of the branch.
The bursary granted last year was the first in what will now be an annual bursary from our branch. The bursary is for students in financial need who are Veterans, children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren of any veteran. A Veteran is any person who is serving or who has honourably 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. The bursary is granted at the end of February and is generally two $500 bursaries (although there may be more at the discretion of the board and based on applications received). The student must be attending at least their second year of a program that covers two or more years towards a degree or diploma. To get a copy of the application form, please contact the branch at 780-849-3769 or [email protected] or via our Facebook page at Royal Canadian Legion Branch #110.
We also want to remind all students and parents about the Remembrance Day poster, poetry and essay contest that the Legion runs each year. The information about the contests is given to the schools each year and the schools submit entries to our branch. The entries are judged at the branch level, with monetary prizes for the 1st and 2nd place winners. Those winning entries go forward to our District, with the potential to go to provincial Command and then Dominion Command. The winners at the Dominion Command level are awarded a trip to Ottawa to attend the Remembrance Day ceremony at the national memorial the following year. We encourage all schools and students to participate. Each year, we look forward to reviewing the entries, often with tears in our eyes as we view and read the poignant reflections of the students on this important topic.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the ceremonies, starting at 10:55 on November 11th in front of the Legion. As usual, we will march to E.G.Wahlstrom School to conclude the ceremonies there, followed by lunch at the Legion Hall.
Please note, the Legion is always ready to welcome new members. There is no requirement to be associated with military service in order to be a member.
The Royal Canadian Legion
Slave Lake Branch No. 110