From the Branch

From the Branch – June 3

Now May is gone and it is summertime and even though we have Covid 19 around, let us be happy and enjoy the weather but obey all the rules. Usually at this time we have our last meeting at the Branch before summer recess, but let us hope we will be back in September with the doors open. It was ...

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From The Branch – May 27

75 years ago the country was free and as evacuees, we were living in someone elses house, and when they returned we had to move. The Canadian Regiment de la Chaudierre had moved further up the Ijssel River and we were to move in a house that had been used by soldiers in that regiment.  One problem. A grenade had ...

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From the Branch – May 20, 2020

And 75 years ago our veterans were the talk of the town in Holland and there were parades, local music sounded all over. Dances were arranged and always “Ladies Free” and it was music and more music. Local companies and farmers got good deals on  army trucks and other equipment. Canadian soldiers helped with cleanup and rebuilding until they were repatriated back to ...

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From the Branch – May 13

On April 24 we lost another Comrade with the passing away of our Veteran Les Calkins. We will remember him at our next meeting. So the 75 years of the end of WW2 is now past and hopefully we can celebrate next year 75+1 with more events. The laying of wreaths at the Amsterdam national monument was attended by 6, the King ...

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From the Branch – May 6

Yes now it is the week we were waiting for 75 years since the Liberation of Holland and VE Day, and looking back at the happenings in the last weeks of the war I found something I did not know. At the battle for Otterloo which our late Comrade Jack Myers was involved with when a Group of Hitler Youth attacked ...

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From the Branch – April 29

At this time we are waiting for news every day about the threat which we face with COVID-19. 75 years ago, so did people in Holland; and just like today it was Canadians in the front line who faced the enemy face to face without regard of their own life. At this time in 1945 they were moving North from ...

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From the Branch – March 17

75 years ago at the moment of waiting to see our liberators, more V1 and V2 flying bombs and rockets were fired of into the sky. A lot of them did not make it far and went down on the anxious civilians. Dutch boys and men were picked up in the streets to build defensive trenches and fortifications. I hope everyone is ...

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From the Branch – March 10

It is good to once again have the opportunity to thank a lot of people who have been helping to get the lift installed at the Branch for our elderly and handicapped citizens. Government of Canada, Terry Anne Strevey. Wawa EDC, Maury O’Neil, Jessie Labonte, Shaw Mohamed. Municipality of Wawa, Mayor Ron Rody, and Council, Kevin Sabourin. A1 Signs, Jim Aquino ...

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From the Branch – March 4

And here comes March and a bit closer to spring. Last Friday we had our Open House to introduce our NEW lift to the Wawa public but because of the COLD wind only about 20 some made it. But those who did come enjoyed a ride from the Hall down to the Lounge, as I explained the workings and how ...

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From the Branch – February 26

Yes we have good news because on Friday from 7.00 pm till 9.00 pm. we will have a open house at Legion Hall to show off our new Lift for those who have difficulty using the stairs. So everyone and come out to see what has happened when a community comes together and help raising funds for a good cause. ...

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From the Branch – Feb 12

This weekend we remember that 75 years ago, Operation Veritable started the last big battle of WW2. This commenced with a 5-hour long artillery barrage from Nijmegen to the town of Kleve on the Rhine and was to take the Roer area in about 4 days. But wet weather and heavy defenses made it last for weeks. And it took ...

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From the Branch – February 5

This week we were reminded of the horrors of WW2 with the remembrance of the liberation of Auswich concentration camp. Hopefully, we will never have something like it in the future. At the Branch, things are getting ready for the Winter Carnival. So did you get your tickets for the Valentine’s Dinner on February 14th. And are you ready for ...

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From the Branch – January 22

We are still looking back 75 years ago when our veterans were in the Netherlands after liberating the west coast of France, Belgium and Holland’s southern part and were now in Nijmegen and along the Waal river which was the last point the operation Market Garden got in September. But the Waal Bridge was taken and held. With the Waal river between the ...

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From the Branch – January 15

Now that we are in January, that reminds us about 75 years ago when our veterans had almost liberated the South of the Netherlands, and were planning for the spring 1945 operations. In the meantime life for the Dutch in the big cities was getting really bad and people were cutting up any wood scraps they could find to burn. And the ...

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From the Branch – December 18

Yes, it is almost Christmas and 2019 is only 2 weeks long so we at the Legion wish all our Comrades all the best for 2020. Please be careful during the Holydays when at home or traveling. We also want to say a Thank You to all our friends who have been supporting Branch 429 and hope to see you all in ...

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