The Royal Canadian Legion in the Western Zone of the USA including Mexico
Save the dates, May 27 – 28, 2017 for the Scottish Fest in Costa Mesa, CA. Their website for details is http://www.scottishfest.com. Stop by the Royal Canadian Legion booth and say hello to some of our members.
You are invited to attend the Memorial Day Service which will be held on Sunday November 13th, 2016 at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 100 N. 3rd Avenue, Covina, CA 91723.
An Evensong service that will have a tribute to all branches of the armed forces will include several military organizations as well as the general public. The service will be led by the Clergy and will have the participation of a choir, pipe organ, piper, trumpeter, High School Honor Guard, Traditional Hymns and the reading of the poem Flanders Fields. Please come to honor those that serve and those that have fallen.
A Royal Canadian Legion red poppy will be given to each person attending.
One of our members requested that we feature the Canadian Starfighter Museum in Winnipeg. Visit their webpage at:http://www.canadianstarfightermuseum.ca/
The Royal Canadian Legion will have a booth during the Scottish Festival at the Costa Mesa Fairgrounds on May 28th and 29th, 2016. Please stop by our booth and tell us you saw this invitation on our website. We will give you a Memorial Day poppy to wear and answer all of your questions. For more information about the Scottish Festival visit their website at: http://www.scottishfest.com/
The Allied Veterans Council is conducting a Memorial Day Service on Monday 30 May, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Live Oak Memorial Park, 200 East Duarte Road, Monrovia, CA 91016.
All interested persons are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Drinks available after the ceremony at VFW Post 2070.
Please attend the Legion graveside funeral service for Bill and Iris Taylor, to be held at the Inglewood Park Cemetery on Wednesday March 30th at 11:00 a.m. Charter Oak Plot. Legion dress recommended. The Inglewood Park Cemetery is located at 720 E Florence Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302.
Following the service and a light lunch at a local restaurant (we all purchase our own lunch) we will meet at the American Legion Hall, 14124 Prairie Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250 at 2:00 p.m. to conduct Legion business in place of the cancelled February meeting.
Any interested individuals are invited to attend.
As many workplaces do, our neonatal intensive care unit in Calgary, Alberta, gathers together a Christmas box to donate to a charitable organization, and for the last few years, our choice has been the Veterans’ Food Bank, which is a great decision in my opinion, though I am appalled that those who risked their lives for our blessed country have to resort to a food bank, but that is another discussion. So last Sunday morning, I was at a Safeway’s, picking up things from tea and coffee to polident to stew to pasta, and ended up pushing my laden cart to one of the only two stations open. As I was unloading, the line behind me got longer and longer, and I could see a few eye rolls, as people realized this was going to take a while. Then I asked the cashier if there were boxes available, as this was going to a food bank, and boxes would be easier to handle. There weren’t any boxes, but the question did get me some attention from those in line.
“This is all for a food bank?” “Yes, the VETERANS’ FOOD BANK.” “Oh.” “But there’s pet food in there!” “Yes, some veterans have pets, and they have to feed them.” (I didn’t mention that sometimes their pets are their only companions.) “Oh.”
Then the tall gentleman next to me in line, who had only three small items in his hand, said quietly, “I’d like to pay for this.” I was a little startled, but thought about it, thanked him, and said he could make any contribution he would like.
“No Ma’am, I mean I want to pay for all of it.” “Oh, that’s very generous of you, but I couldn’t let you do that.” “Please Ma’am, I’m from Texas, visiting your country, and I really want you to let me do this for your Canadian veterans. Please.”
What could I do but shake his hand, thank him, and wish him a safe trip home. The bill he paid for me was $457.57. I don’t know what his own three small items cost. The cashier was openly weeping, many in the line were sniffling, and I could only give thanks for the generosity of a stranger.
A truly wonderful experience, epitomizing the Christmas season. Please share this if you wish. I would love my generous Texas stranger/neighbour to know that many many people appreciate his quiet donation to our veterans.
Merry Christmas. Heather Nelson
Approximately 150 Canadian veterans of World Wars I and II have rested in unmarked graves in the Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California for many years. Following a 5 year effort by Veterans Affairs Canada and the Royal Canadian Legion in California the first 10 markers have been set to honor these men and women. The balance will be set over the coming months. Now we need to find the right agency in the British Government that will do the same for their veterans that rest nearby.