Car­bon­ear Le­gion wants to share his­tory

Group looks to in­spire guest vis­i­ta­tion and par­tic­i­pa­tion

The Compass - - Front page - BY MARK SQUIBB edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 23 in Car­bon­ear has a lot of his­tory on dis­play in­side its build­ing on Ban­ner­man Street. Lo­cal mem­bers are hop­ing to find ways to en­cour­age the gen­eral pub­lic to pop on in and have a look at some of the mem­o­ra­bilia col­lected over the years.

The Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 23 in Car­bon­ear is con­sid­er­ing dif­fer­ent strate­gies to re­mind the pub­lic of the vast amount of mil­i­tary his­tory, in­for­ma­tion, and wartime relics that can be found at the branch.

“We’d like for peo­ple to come in and see what’s here, and if they have some­thing to of­fer us, to share with us, we’re de­lighted,” says Re­mem­brance chair­woman for the branch , Les­lie For­ward.

One of th­ese strate­gies is the pub­li­ca­tion of a tourist brochure that the branch is cur­rently work­ing on. This brochure will high­light dif­fer­ent relics and in­for­ma­tion that can be found at the Le­gion.

For­ward ex­pects that th­ese brochures will be ready to­wards the end of April.

An­other strat­egy is the com­mem­o­ra­tive poster ban­ner project. The Branch cur­rently has four com­mem­o­ra­tive ban­ners that they plan on dis­play­ing on Wa­ter Street this sum­mer. Three ad­di­tional ban­ners have been or­dered.

“We’re hop­ing that come July 1, we’re go­ing to have th­ese all around town,” said For­ward.

“We’re invit­ing fam­i­lies, churches, ser­vices groups, busi­nesses, any­body, to come on board with us, and do­nate a ban­ner,” ex­plained For­ward.

The cost to do­nate a ban­ner is around $200, with $10 of that pur­chase go­ing to­wards the Mil­i­tary Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre.

Mil­i­tary his­tory on dis­play

The Le­gion con­tains a num­ber of do­nated ar­ti­facts from both World Wars, in­clud­ing a sol­dier’s bay­o­net, a gas mask, au­then­tic war time re­cruit­ment posters, flags, and medals, as well as a num­ber of plaques, awards, and pho­to­graphs re­lat­ing to the his­tory of the Branch 23, the lo­cal 589 Air Cadets, and the town of Car­bon­ear it­self.

There are even small pieces of the Ber­lin Wall on dis­play.

“We just like high­light­ing the mem­o­ra­bilia that we have here that a lot peo­ple might not know of,” said For­ward

“Our role is re­mem­brance. That’s what we’re here for.”

The Le­gion also hosts a mil­i­tary his­tory chal­lenge for high school stu­dents, as well as a school-age arts com­pe­ti­tion.

Wartime ad­ver­tise­ments. The bull­dog was of­ten used to rep­re­sent Eng­land (and English Prime Min­is­ter Win­ston Churchill) dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

PHO­TOS BY MARK SQUIBB/SPE­CIAL TO TC ME­DIA

A Sec­ond World War-era gas mask on dis­play

One of the com­mem­o­ra­tive ban­ners the Le­gion hopes to dis­play this sum­mer. Pte. Josiah Squibb was the first solider from Car­bon­ear killed in the First World War. He was killed at the Bat­tle of Gal­lipoli at the age of 19.

Chunks of the Ber­lin Wall.

A sol­dier’s bay­o­net from the First World War.

An au­then­tic re­cruit­ment poster.

Les­lie For­ward

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