AMALGAMATION CELEBRATION A GREAT SUCCESS

AMALGAMATION PARTY CAKE FROM OUR AMALGAMATION CELEBRATION 2017On April 22nd, 2017 the amalgamation of the Royal Canadian Legion’s Collingwood Branch #48 with Grandview Branch #179 was celebrated by a joyous crowd of guests and dignitaries and deemed a great success by all that attended.

The celebration started with our integrated executive marching in our new charter to the sound of the pipes with members of the Lower Mainland Colour Party and officially placing our new charter on the wall. (Read more for slide show from the party)

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MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR WW II VETERAN

Gerry Flowers Memorial Service and Celebration of Life

Ninety-two year old Gerald W Flower, Father, WW II Veteran, POW survivor and life long member of the Royal Canadian Legion passed away on January 27th, 2017. Gerry was a recent recipient of a Minister of Veterans Affairs Certificate and Medal of Commendation presented by The Honourable Kent Hehr, MP, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence.

A Memorial Service will be held by family members for Gerry on Friday, March 10th, 2017, 11:00 AM at St John’s Shaughnessy Anglican Church, located at 1490 Nanton Avenue, Vancouver, BC with refreshments to follow in the Trendell Lounge.

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SOVEREIGN’S MEDAL FOR VOLUNTEERS AWARDED 96 YEAR OLD VETERAN

Agnes Keegan with the Honourable Judith Guichon Lieutenant Governor of BC

Agnes Keegan with the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of BC

The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country and WW II veteran, Agnes Keegan is definitely in the  exceptional volunteer category. For over 36 year’s Agnes has run the canteen at the Beatty Street Armory for the 2290 B.C.R. Cadet Corp., and this is just one of her many achievements.

On Thursday January 5th, 2017 in the ceremony at Government House in Victoria, 96 year old Agnes Keegan along with 29 other award recipients were individually presented with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers by  the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of BC.

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GUESTS WEAR SWEATERS TO CHRISTMAS DINNER

winning sweater 2016 ugly xmas sweater contest

Close-up of the winning sweater… Congrats to Danielle on her winning home made entry.

Ah… the Christmas sweater… what better to wear to Christmas dinner at the Legion. Some say they are festive but some say they are ugly! Perhaps we can just call them festively ugly but you can decide for yourself when you view the slide show below.

Our 2016 Christmas dinner was a great success with plenty of yummy turkey, stuffing and gravy to go around. Many thanks to all the dedicated volunteers that made the dinner possible… we couldn’t have done it without you. This year’s dinner included our first Christmas Sweater competition which was well attended with 13 brave souls donning their finest and stepping up for judgement hour.

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WW II VETERAN RECEIVES VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMENDATION

Crew of Lancaster Hk633: Rear: Sgt. Gerald Kenny, Sgt. Noel Price , F/O. Peter Funk, Sgt. Gerald Flower Front: F/O. Frank Major, F/O. Bruce Lumsden and Sgt. Sydney Dudley.

Crew of Lancaster Hk633: Rear: Sgt. Gerald Kenny, Sgt. Noel Price , F/O. Peter Funk, Sgt. Gerald Flower Front: F/O. Frank Major, F/O. Bruce Lumsden and Sgt. Sydney Dudley.

Ninety-two year old Gerald W Flower (Gerry as we know him) is a WW II veteran, POW survivor and life long member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Gerry held the rank of Sargent and was a Air Gunner with the 195 Lancaster Squadron based out of RAF Witchford in Cambridgeshire, England. Gerry’s Lancaster Bomber was shot down over Venray, Holland while returning from a successful mission participating in Operation Hamburg. After bailing out of the downed aircraft Gerry was captured and imprisoned in Stalag Luft Bankau-Kreuzberg near Upper Silesia in occupied Poland, assigned PoW No: 1139 and sat out the duration of the war as a allied prisoner.

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NEW BAR AND LOUNGE NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS

New Downstairs Bar at 179

Shot of our new Downstairs Bar at 179

It’s been a long haul since we announced the much needed renovation of our old downstairs bar back in may of 2016 so we are happy to announce our new facilities are complete and open for business.

During the renovation we remained open with the establishment of a temporary bar which was set up in the front left corner of the main room. Extra coolers were brought in and the staff did an excellent job of coping with the temporary set-up despite the fact it involved a lot of running back and forth to get things done. Great job to every one involved, we couldn’t have accomplished it without you.

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NINETY-SIX YEAR OLD VETERAN STILL POPPY TAGGING

Agnes has been involved with Poppy Tagging since the 1950's

Agnes has been involved with Poppy Tagging since the 1950’s

Most of us would think that at the age of ninety-six, we’d be curled up at home with a nice cup of tea and a good book. Well that’s not the case with this Legionnaire and WW II veteran.

Besides being a WWII veteran, Agnes is a life member of both the Royal Canadian Legion and the Army Navy Air Force Veterans in Canada. She also holds the rank of “Honourary Captain” of the 2290 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, British Columbia Regiment “101 Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles” and for the last 36 years has been running the weekly canteen and fund raising for her beloved cadets at Beatty Street Armoury.

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POPPIES SEND MESSAGES OF PEACE AND THANKS

One of Twelve Poppies gifted to Branch 179 by the young students of our local Aboriginal Focus School.

One of Twelve Poppies gifted to Branch 179 by the young students of our local Aboriginal Focus School.

Just before Remembrance Day 2016 we received an email from a teacher at the local Aboriginal Focus School here in Vancouver telling us that his young students wished to create and gift our Legion with poppies carrying messages of peace and thanks to our military for keeping them safe. The poppies are done in the Salish style and we are delighted to have received them.

There are 12 poppies and the students were assisted by the support staff in the classroom. each poppy is accompanied with a small message of “Peace is_______” on the back as a tiny token of thanks to the women and men who have served in our military.

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BRANCH 179 GETS NEW BAR

Staff and members stand in front of the old bar soon to be an old memory in the near future

Staff and members stand in front of the old bar soon to be replaced in the near future

Yes you heard it here… our branch is finally getting long awaited new bar facilities to replace our old troubled bar and cooler system which has been in service since we opened at the present location in the 50’s and has worked overtime ever since.

There wouldn’t be a week pass without something going wrong with our old systems. Cooler doors that wouldn’t close, leaking lines, dish washer or ice machine breaking down, not to mention having to go to the basement for new kegs and cases. The new bar will address all these issues and more, giving the branch a much needed push into the 21st century.

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THANK YOU GW COMMUNITY POLICING CENTRE & VANCITY

Grandview Legion Display at Van City on Commercial Drive was courtesy of the Grandview Woodland Community Policing Centre

Grandview Legion Display at Van City on Commercial Drive was courtesy of the Grandview Woodland Community Policing Centre

Thank you Grandview-Woodland Community Policing Centre and Van City Credit Union from the Executive and members of Branch #179!

Over the years Branch #179 has been a proud supporter of the GWCPC and in way of thanks for our support over the years they recently donated this wonderful Poster Display which was recently presented in the Commercial Drive branch of Van City Credit Union.

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