Le­gion’s Ladies Aux­il­iary un­veil spe­cial benches on the Hill

Medicine Hat News - - COMMUNITY-WEST -

Af­ter 100 years, and wait­ing a few ex­tra months, the Ladies Aux­il­iary of the lo­cal Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch, fi­nally have a bronze plaque with their name on it.

Ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers of the ser­vice club at­tended Rober­ton Park on Thurs­day for a grand un­veil­ing of new park benches on the South­east Hill play­ground that they funded as a cen­ten­nial project last year.

It’s also the first time in mem­ory for many mem­bers that they’ve been de­noted on a per­ma­nent plac­ard de­spite count­less projects over the years.

“We said that we’ve got to do some­thing for the Ladies Aux­il­iary,” said pres­i­dent Barb Lemna, who said spruc­ing up the park named for Pte. James Peter Robert­son, V.C. — whose name adorns the No. 17 le­gion branch — was a fit­ting en­deav­our.

“They needed benches and we needed a project,” she said.

The project is an ex­pan­sion on the city park’s depart­ment me­mo­rial bench pro­gram.

In this case, styl­ized metal benches fea­tur­ing a mil­i­tary theme and pop­pies cover benches at the park off Cam­bridge Street.

The cost was $16,000 to the Ladies Aux­il­iary with Purist Weld­ing pro­duc­ing the works and do­nat­ing labour to the project.

The benches were in­stalled last win­ter, but a planned spring-time ded­i­ca­tion was post­poned un­til this week.

NEWS PHOTO COLLIN GAL­LANT

Mem­bers of the Women’s Aux­il­iary of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Robert­son Branch 17 pose in front of one of seven styl­ized benches in­stalled at Robert­son Park in Medicine Hat thanks to their fundrais­ing ef­forts.

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