MP for Red Deer-Lacombe Blaine Calkins lays a wreath at the cenotaph outside of Rimbey Legion on Nov. 11. (Photo courtesy of Blaine Calkins)

Legion letter

Rimbey Legion Branch No. 36

The mission of the Legion is to serve veterans which includes serving military and RCMP members and their families, to promote remembrance and to serve our communities and our country.

Our membership works diligently to maintain our Legion hall and run a strong Poppy Campaign each year to support remembrance, but in order to carry on, we need more active members to join, be involved and support our activities.

Membership to the Legion is open to all community members as an ordinary (veteran), associate (related to a veteran) or affiliate member.

After WWII, the Rimbey Legion had about 30 WWI veterans and about 120 WWII veterans. Along with spouses, there were more members than space to hold them all. Those days have passed. We currently have about 70 members in Rimbey of which 30 are veterans. Like many organizations, our volunteer base is aging. This leaves us very vulnerable as we are not strong technologically, nor physically.

That said, we do not lack in determination to honour our veterans past, present and future. We ask you to join us in this endeavor by not only supporting Remembrance Day activities, but by joining our organization and becoming active volunteers and by getting to know the veterans (some have documented their stories) so we can carry on this valuable legacy. We will celebrate 100 years as an organization in 2025 and 2026 and we need people who are interested in helping us capture and display our history.

Please consider joining us in 2022 as we put together some wonderful projects. Together, we will remember them.

Comrade Christine Fernie

Treasurer, Rimbey Legion Branch No. 36