Le­gion launches es­say con­test

Start of a pe­riod of re­mem­brance at Spa­niard’s Bay branch

The Compass - - OPINION -

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.

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