Legion launches essay contest
Start of a period of remembrance at Spaniard’s Bay branch
The Royal Canadian Legion in Spaniard’s Bay has kicked off what wi l l be a month-long period of remembrance, with a continued emphasis on involving youth.
The Cpl. Matthew Brazil branch welcomed nearly 40 Grade 9 students from Holy Redeemer Elementary in Spaniard’s Bay on Oct. 15. It was the launch of the branch’s 31st Remembrance Day essay contest, with the Gary D. Churchill Memorial Plaque to be presented to the winner at the Remembrance Day dinner and dance at the Legion on Nov. 20.
The students were treated to lunch served by members of the ladies’ auxiliary, and given a tour of the building, which features a wide array of memorabilia from past conflicts.
This long-running essay contest is sponsored by the branch, and is in memory of Gary Churchill, who passed away due to natural causes while serving with the Canadian Forces. The plaque is donated by Gary’s parents, Dan and Pearl.
Every year, the school selects two essays and the authors are invited as guest speakers at the Remembrance Day dinner, explained Legionnaire John Chipman. The winner receives a cash award from the branch, which is also matched by the school.
Students were encouraged by Spaniard’s Bay Mayor John Drover — also a retired teacher — to “give your all” to the contest, and understand they will learn much about remembrance, win or lose.
Other events being planned by the Legion include:
• Poppy campaign launch — takes place at the Legion on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.
• Poppy flag-raising ceremonies — Friday, Oct. 29, at the Legion, Holy Redeemer school and the town hall;
• Door-to-door poppy campaign — on Sunday, Oct. 31, local cadets and members of the Legion will distribute poppies in Spaniard’s Bay, Tilton and Bishop’s Cove. Members of the Legion will distribute poppies at Price Choppers from Oct. 31 to Nov. 10.
• Remembrance services — at Holy Redeemer church on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 10: 30 a. m. An assembly will also take place at Holy Redeemer Elementary on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m.
• Remembrance Day service — at the local war memorial on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.
• Remembrance Day dinner and dance — at the Legion in Spaniard’s Bay on Saturday, Nov. 20.
For more, contact the Legion at Legion at 786-3671.