Le­gions plan­ning din­ner for former Me­mo­rial Club

Event to be held Nov. 16 at Yar­mouth le­gion hall

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Few groups did more to re­mem­ber Canada’s war dead and to hon­our vet­er­ans than the Me­mo­rial Club – the Yar­mouth-area youth group that was ac­tive for over three decades – and lo­cal le­gions want to thank the club for its work.

The le­gions in zone 12, which covers Yar­mouth and Shel­burne coun­ties, are plan­ning a din­ner for the former club to be held Fri­day, Nov. 16, at the Yar­mouth (branch 61) le­gion hall in Yar­mouth.

The event is sched­uled for 4 p.m. and the plan is to have res­i­dents from Vet­er­ans Place – the longterm care fa­cil­ity at the Yar­mouth hospi­tal – at­tend the din­ner.

“When I men­tioned it to the vet­er­ans at Vet­er­ans Place, they were ex­cited that they were able to come,” said Brenda Hat­tie, pres­i­dent of le­gion branch 61.

The 4 p.m. start time is meant to bet­ter ac­com­mo­date the vet­er­ans, she said.

Hat­tie was among the many who were sad­dened to learn that the Me­mo­rial Club was be­ing dis­con­tin­ued.

Launched in the mid-1980s at Maple Grove Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre in He­bron, the Me­mo­rial Club be­came a reg­u­lar par­tic­i­pant at Remembrance Day cer­e­monies and other func­tions. The club’s flag­bear­ing mem­bers were a fa­mil­iar sight at many com­mu­nity events for years, but in March of this year word came that the club would not con­tinue.

At that time, Joe Bishara, the club’s founder and long­time ad­viser, said a number of fac­tors went into the de­ci­sion. More than half the ex­ec­u­tive that ran the club had been there for 20 years or so, he said. While the club had still been go­ing strong in recent years, Bishara said, there were more things com­pet­ing for peo­ple’s time.

Hat­tie said Bishara de­serves much credit for his long­time ded­i­ca­tion to the club.

She re­called the club once giv­ing the le­gion a signed sou­venir and said she had a chance to meet some of the club’s mem­bers.

Re­fer­ring to the Nov. 16 thankyou din­ner for the club, she said, “Branch 61 is go­ing to be host­ing it and the rest of the le­gions are pitch­ing in. Branch 155 is do­nat­ing all the pies.”

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