COLDWATER DUCK RACE PARADE

On Saturday May 25, dozens of people braved a steady rain and gathered in Coldwater for the annual Lions Duck Race Parade. As per tradition, a Colour Party from Royal Canadian Legion Branch 270 Coldwater led the parade.

COLDWATER BRANCH ELECTIONS 2019

Comrades, we have a new president! On Wednesday May 22, 2019, during the May General Meeting, the Coldwater Branch held its annual elections for a president, two vice-presidents, and three executive members. Congratulations go to Comrades Annie McArthur, Randy Rice, and Maggie Murphy, who were re-elected as members of the Executive; to Comrades Wayne Tutt and Carol Baird, respectively 1st and 2nd Vice-Presidents; and to Comrade Norm Marion, our newly acclaimed President. With the help of several other appointees as chairpersons of committees, the team will form the core of the new Executive and will run the business and activities of the branch for the next year. As we welcome the new Ex

INTRODUCING VETERAN JOHN C. O’HARA

Comrade John comes from a military background. His father served in the Air Force during the Second World War. As a youngster, John served his community as an Air Cadet and after five years, he was given the opportunity to assist at the summer camp and teach the Glider Training Course. Comrade John relocated to another city where he assisted and pursued Air Cadet activities. Half-way through 1972, Comrade John decided to pursue a career path as a Reservist. He joined the 400 Air Reserve Squadron in Toronto and worked as a mechanic on the de Havilland DHC 3 Otter airplanes. As a Reservist he participated in military activities two nights a week and every second weekend. He recalls that

LADIES AUXILIARY ELECTIONS 2019

On Tuesday May 21, 2019, during the May General Meeting, Branch 270 Ladies Auxiliary held its annual elections for a president, two vice-presidents, and several executive members. Congratulations go to Annie McArthur, who was re-elected as President, and Rosalie Pratt and Dianne Sauvé, also re-elected respectively as 1st and 2nd Vice-Presidents. In addition, Gaëtanne Robinson was elected as Treasurer, Donna Packer as Secretary, Michele Russell as Sports Officer, and Debbie Southorne, Jane Lauder, Alida Turner, Janis Cronin, and Benda Yule as members of the Executive. Debbie Southorne was also appointed as Sergeant-At-Arms. Thank you all who volunteered for office positions and once again

BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC COMMEMORATED

Today, May 5, 2019, members of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 270 Coldwater gathered at the Coldwater Cenotaph to lay a wreath in remembrance of the Battle of the Atlantic. Fought between September 1939 and May 1945, the Battle of the Atlantic was the longest continuous battle of the Second World War. In Canada it is commemorated each year on the first Sunday in May. The following is an overview of the battle, from the files of Veterans Affairs Canada. The Battle of the Atlantic The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest continuous battle of the Second World War and one in which Canada played a central role. The battle began on the opening day of the war in September 1939 and ended almost si

INTRODUCING VETERAN SONIA KAMEL

In 1967 graduated Registered Nurse, Comrade Sonia enlisted in the air force on the basis of a Short Service Commission (a temporary contractual military career). Basic training at Camp Borden was followed by a one-year posting at the Stadacona Naval Base in Halifax. From there, Comrade Sonia was posted to an army hospital in Iserlohn, northern Germany for the next one and one half years. This hospital was under British Command which included the Canadian Medical corps. With a posting back to Canada, Comrade Sonia spent the next four years with the National Defence Medical Centre in Ottawa. Comrade Sonia grew up in a small farming community south of Winnipeg but knew early in life that sh

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