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COLDWATER VETERANS APPRECIATION LUNCH 2023

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 270 Coldwater held its annual Veterans Appreciation Lunch on Saturday November 4. The event was well attended by Legion members, supporters, dignitaries, and of course Veterans. We would like to thank all who attended and all who contributed in so many ways to make the event the success that it was. A special thank-you goes to the members of Branch 270 Ladies' Auxiliary who, once again, put together a wonderful meal and took care of so many details in the setting up. Thank you all!


Royal Canadian Legion Branch 270 Coldwater held its annual Veterans Appreciation Lunch on Saturday November 4. The event was well attended by Legion members, supporters, dignitaries, and of course Veterans. (Photo by Norm Marion)


Veterans and members of the Branch Randy Rice (left) and Brian Newman were two of a number of local Veterans who attended the Veterans Appreciation Lunch on November 4. (Photo by Norm Marion)


For the annual Veterans Appreciation Lunch a special table was set for "The Fallen Comrade," in honour of all soldiers, sailors and aviators who are no longer with us. (Photo by Norm Marion)


In attendance were Sergeant (Ret'd) Jesse Reed and Corporal (Ret'd) Bill Coleshaw, who served together in the 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, in the 1950s. In 2020 Jesse moved to Coldwater to learn he was within meters of Bill's house. Since then, they have been spending time catching up and reminiscing about their common past. (Photo by Kari Malmstrom)


Some 20 Veterans were in attendance at the Coldwater Legion's annual Veterans Appreciation Lunch. (Photo by Sandra Beaudoin)


Several dignitaries were in attendance including Mayor of the Township of Severn, Mike Burkett, and Deputy-Mayor Judith Cox. MPP Jill Dunlop was represented by her parents Garfield and Jane Dunlop. (Photo by Norm Marion)


Coldwater Branch President Anne McArthur (right), shares the traditional Gaelic Piper's Toast with piper Brenda Remy: "Slàinte mhath (pronounced Slawn-cha Vah'), meaning "Good health to you." (Photo by Norm Marion)


Piper Brenda Remy played 'Laments' on the bagpipe as part of the Last Post/Silence/Rouse tribute to the Fallen. (Photo by Norm Marion)


Member of the Ladies' Auxiliary Betty-Anne Burnie helped out with the serving at the Coldwater Legion's annual Veterans Appreciation Lunch. (Photo by Norm Marion)



Left-to-right, members of the Ladies' Auxiliary Janice Cronin, Jane Lauder, and Angie Marshall were busy in the kitchen making sure everything went smoothly with the Veterans Appreciation Lunch. (Photo by Norm Marion)



Members of Branch 270 Ladies' Auxiliary Michele Russell (left) and Jennine Crowe took part in the preparation of last Saturday's Veterans Appreciation Lunch in Coldwater. (Photo by Norm Marion)



At the end of Saturday's Veterans Appreciation Lunch in Coldwater, Branch Past President Marie Langley (right) presented each Veteran in attendance with a handmade 'knee-lap' blanket - as she called them, that she personally crocheted. Here is Veteran Randy Rice receiving his blanket. (Photo by Kari Malmstrom)

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