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Last November at the Remembrance Day Services in Springdale I was pleased as always to see members of our Canadian Legion front and centre, and playing an important role in the ceremonies.

I was touched, as always, with the laying of wreaths for those who paid the supreme sacrifice in war, and reminded how much we owe those intrepid souls, and also those who were fortunate enough to return.
The Canadian Legion itself is the vehicle by which we remember and are grateful. Yet I'm afraid too many of us forget that there are branches of the Legion in our towns and communities, many of whom are struggling to remain open.
It seems the Springdale branch is one of those because it does not get the support from the community to keep it a viable organization.
When the Legion, with the help of a few dedicated volunteers, tries to run some kind of project to help give it some financial assistance, only a few manage to get out and help.
I was really pleased with the numbers who attended the Legion luncheon following the services in November, and I know that some of these people became paid up members on the spot.
This is a plea on behalf of soldiers lost in the heat of battle, veterans who returned to us and those who for the most part volunteer their time to keep the Legion going. Let's get out there at every opportunity and support an organization that commemorates those who fought and so often died for our right to live free.
It is so easy to point out failings and criticize efforts. But it is incumbent upon all of us to rise above that and support our Canadian Legion in every way we can.


Ed Smith, Springdale

I was touched, as always, with the laying of wreaths for those who paid the supreme sacrifice in war, and reminded how much we owe those intrepid souls, and also those who were fortunate enough to return.
The Canadian Legion itself is the vehicle by which we remember and are grateful. Yet I'm afraid too many of us forget that there are branches of the Legion in our towns and communities, many of whom are struggling to remain open.
It seems the Springdale branch is one of those because it does not get the support from the community to keep it a viable organization.
When the Legion, with the help of a few dedicated volunteers, tries to run some kind of project to help give it some financial assistance, only a few manage to get out and help.
I was really pleased with the numbers who attended the Legion luncheon following the services in November, and I know that some of these people became paid up members on the spot.
This is a plea on behalf of soldiers lost in the heat of battle, veterans who returned to us and those who for the most part volunteer their time to keep the Legion going. Let's get out there at every opportunity and support an organization that commemorates those who fought and so often died for our right to live free.
It is so easy to point out failings and criticize efforts. But it is incumbent upon all of us to rise above that and support our Canadian Legion in every way we can.


Ed Smith, Springdale

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