Branch 86 is 86

The Wetaskiwin Royal Canadian Legion invites the community to come out and celebrate.

  • Feb. 17, 2016 6:00 a.m.

The Wetaskiwin Royal Canadian Legion invites the community to come out and celebrate. The celebration begins at 3 p.m. with an official colour party, pipers and birthday cake. The dance music starts at 5 p.m. The kitchen will be open with a special events menu.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 86 became part of Wetaskiwin in 1930. Initially a group of WW1 veterans met at the military armory in the lower level of that building until a Legion building was constructed after WW2. That building was on the spot where currently the Wetaskiwin Memorial Arts Centre is located. In 1995 the current Legion building, a Wetaskiwin landmark, was built.

The Legion is an organization for yesterday, today and tomorrow, it takes pride in the past and has faith in the future.

Originally the Royal Canadian Legion was created as an organization to serve veterans, which includes military and RCMP members, and their families to promote remembrance and to serve communities and our country. It is non-profit and dues-supported; as well the Legion perpetuates the tradition of Remembrance in Canada.

In the past only veterans and their families could belong to the Legion, however that has changed and today membership is open to anyone who is a Canadian citizen, Commonwealth subject or subject from an allied nation.

The Wetaskiwin Legion supports the community in noticeable and unseen ways. The most visible is the annual Remembrance Day ceremony and the Poppy campaign; “Lest we forget”. The Legion also supports programs for seniors, as well as sponsors local youths with scholarships and bursaries, donates to sports programs and supports activities such as scouts, cadets and guides. Daily, the Legion currently opens the doors to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to serve lunch.

Again the Royal Canadian Legion Wetaskiwin Branch 86 invites everyone to celebrate our 86th anniversary on the 27th of February.