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Pincher Creek Legion treats veterans to dinner

Thursday, 09 November 2017. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Pincher Creek Legion treats veterans to dinner
Seated, from left, are Ed Rouleau, Bob Neish, Woody Riley, Bill Everts and Hank Planger. Standing are Joseph LeBlanc, Lloyd Lang, Michael Cousineau, Bill Skelly, Lorne Pultz, Hal Sigurdson, Brian McGillivray, Dan Desrosiers, Dick Burnham, Norman Walker, John Morin and Fred White.   Photos by Shannon Robison

Pincher Creek Legion treats veterans to dinner

By Shannon Robison

Members of the Pincher Creek branch of the Royal Canadian Legion share a vision of honouring local veterans. One way of showing their respect is to treat veterans to dinner.

The annual event, held in October, pays tribute to all veterans, regardless of which conflict they served in.

Fred White, who served as MC for the evening, noted that 2017 was a year filled with significant anniversaries of battles such as Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele, where Canadian forces had a strong presence.

“The people of Pincher Creek and area have always been willing to step up in times of conflict to keep our country free and safe for our families,” he said.

Mayor Don Anderberg addressed the veterans and their guests and spoke of his deep-rooted connections to military service.

He noted that his father served in the Second World War and that his sons currently serve in the Armed Forces.

“I’m fortunate to have these connections, and my appreciation truly comes from experience,” he said.

While acknowledging the importance of veterans sharing their stories, he said that his sons tend not to talk about their experiences.

Mayor Anderberg expressed his gratitude for the strong partnership between the Legion and the town, and thanked the veterans for all they do to make Pincher Creek a better place.

Fred toured the room with a microphone in hand to allow each veteran to introduce himself and provide details of his service.

While the dinner is not tied to Remembrance Day, the event does provide an opportunity to share stories and camaraderie based on the diverse service experiences of the group.

Members of the Legion Ladies Auxiliary cooked up a meal that did not disappoint and table service was provided by members of the 859 Air Cadets Squadron and helpers from the Chinook Bible Church youth group.

In a time when it seems many young people do not have a clear understanding of the debt we owe to Canada’s veterans — both living and dead — who have put their lives on the line for the freedoms we enjoy, the evening provided an opportunity for young and old to interact and to hear one another’s stories.

To each and every veteran in our readership area, we express gratitude for your service.

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Veteran Bill Skelly chose to wear his regimental tie to dinner rather than the traditional blue and yellow striped Legion tie.

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Members of the Air Cadets 859 Squadron are active volunteers in the community, especially with events hosted by local Legion branches. Their assistance in serving dinner to the veterans was appreciated. From left are Flight Sgt. Austin Pool, Sgt. Braden Mitchell, Sgt. Daniel Poloni and Capt. Dan Desrosiers.

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There can never be too many cooks and helpers in a Legion kitchen when the Ladies Auxiliary members are putting together one of their fantastic meals. From left are Darren Sorge, Judy Lane, Linda Verleun, Bev Sorge, Barb Millar and Joanne Callbeck.

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A fancy dinner also means lots of cleanup afterward. Members of the Chinook Bible Church youth group assisted with serving and didn’t mind getting dishpan hands when on kitchen duty. From left are Charis Launstein, Marlise Launstein, Naomi Assoon, Jordan Hochstein and Noah Assoon. Younger members also assisted with serving throughout the evening.