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Legion news

By Rod L. Hodgson


The film ‘Lest we Forget’ being screened at the upcoming Hudson Film Festival was the first feature length documentary with sound made in Canada. It dates from about 1934.

This is just a reminder of what we posted last week. The two owners who operate Reni Decors & Antiques, Renata and Patrick, are donating 10 per cent of all their sales between February 17 and March 31 to the Legion. Their store is located right next to Mon Village Restaurant in Saint-Lazare. Renata sells home decor, beddings, gifts, pillows, etc. while Patrick has a large antique and collectables store in the basement. He deals in military antiques, uniforms, helmets, medals and general antiques and is a member of our Legion Branch #115. Please drop by and see what they have to offer. You may contact them at (450) 458-4319. This is a very kind gesture on their part to help out our Legion during the time we are still closed.

We received a special message recently from long time Legion Br. #115 member Clint Ward. He is the President of the Hudson Film Festival and this year there is a special film called ‘Lest We Forget.’ It is about Canada and WW I and it was the first feature length documentary with sound made in Canada. It dates from about 1934. You can check this great film out and others for the festival which runs between March 10 and 20 at www.hudsonfilmsociety.ca The films will be done virtually this year and sadly not at the Hudson Theatre.

The RCAF Association in co-operation with the Department of National Defence/Canadian Forces (DND/CF) has offered to help the government of the Netherlands send flowers to our ageing veterans of the Second World War campaign to liberate the Netherlands. If you are caring for one of our eligible veterans or if you know of a veteran who participated in the campaign or a family caring for a loved one who happened to be involved in the liberation of the Netherlands, please consider reaching out to them and let them know of the street address to which the flowers can be sent.

Please reply to director@airforce.ca with the information needed (name, address, and units). Thank you for your very kind consideration and co-operation. We have already sent them the names of three local veterans of the campaign; Ian M. Walker, Peter B. Hughes, and Peter Acres. Maybe some of you know of others.

Great news from the Chairperson of our Poppy/Welfare Fund, John Dalgarno. The Poppy Fund has made the following donations this month; Ste Anne’s Hospital Veterans Committee a donation of $4,000. To the RCEL (Royal Commonwealth Ex-Service League) a donation of $1,000 and to the Veterans’ Transition Network (Canada) a donation of $1,000. This network offers mental health counselling for veterans to overcome the effects of trauma and PTSD and helps them transition to civilian life.

John states that the tremendous generosity and support that the local community at our November Poppy Campaign enables the Hudson Legion Br. #115 to continue with support for our veterans. Your contributions are greatly appreciated.

Lest we forget…