Gar­den hon­ors lo­cal Vet­er­ans

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Ayer's Cliff

Last Thurs­day af­ter­noon, mem­bers of the Ayer’s Cliff Royal Cana­dian Le­gion, Branch no. 128, gath­ered at the Le­gion Hall on Rosedale Av­enue for a spe­cial event: the in­au­gu­ra­tion of a new Me­mo­rial Gar­den. Sit­u­ated in front of the build­ing, grow­ing in the gar­den, are some very spe­cial plants. “Rita Brus, the wife of John Brus who passed away in 2012, brought some Hostas from their gar­den,” ex­plained Ayer’s Cliff Le­gion mem­ber Terry Loucks. A pink rose bush was trans­planted from the gar­den of the late Vet­eran Ken­neth Blake, who died this year. His daugh­ter Vicky Blake, who lives in Al­berta, wrote this on Branch 128’s rather new Face­book page: “What a beau­ti­ful gar­den and such an hon­our for my dad to be re­mem­bered by plant­ing one of his own rose bushes from his own gar­den.”

An­other spe­cial rose bush was planted in hon­our of the 70th an­niver­sary of the Women’s Royal Cana­dian Naval Ser­vice, also known as the ‘Wrens’. “The Wrens opened the doors for other Cana­dian women to par­tic­i­pate in the mil­i­tary,” said Mr. Loucks. Nor­man Benoit, the owner of Rose des Champs and a vet­eran him­self, at­tended the event, do­nat­ing the “Navy Lady” rose­bush which was planted in the gar­den.

In­au­gu­rated on the same day was a park bench which was do­nated to the Le­gion by the town of Ayer’s Cliff. Coun­cilor Peter McHarg, who is also a mem­ber of Branch 128, rep­re­sented the town for the oc­ca­sion.

Be­sides Mr. McHarg and Mr. Benoit, the spe­cial guests and dig­ni­taries present for the out­door cer­e­mony, which had to be held rather quickly at 4:00 pm with a rain­storm fast ap­proach­ing, were: Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Pol Bergevin - ret›d; Bri­gadierGen­eral Robin Gagnon - ret’d; Norma McHarg; Branch 128 Pres­i­dent, Su­san Fletcher-Doust and her hus­band and vet­eran, Dr. David Doust; Rita Brus, wife of the late vet­eran John Brus; and Nel­lie Hud­son, wife of the late vet­eran Her­bert Hud­son.

A dance was held in the hall fol­low­ing the cer­e­mony.

Peo­ple can learn about this ac­tive branch’s many events and ac­tiv­i­ties, see pho­tos from spe­cial events, and ex­change mes­sages on the Ayer’s Cliff Le­gion’s new Face­book page. “It’s been up for about six months and it al­ready has about 76 ‘likes’. It’s a good pro­mo­tional tool for the Le­gion,” said Mr. Loucks.

Com­rade Terry Loucks, of Ayer’s Cliff Le­gion Branch 128, ac­cepts the bench from Ayer’s Cliff coun­cil­lor Peter McHarg (left).

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