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Up the banner: Legion program will see banners honouring veterans on downtown streets next year
by Desmond Devoy
Perth Courier


They fought under the flag, now Perth will raise banners to honour its veterans.

“It’s a no-brainer,” said Coun. David Bird, as he held an example of one of Carleton Place’s banners, honouring its veterans earlier this month, which was on display in the Perth council chambers. (British-born, he couldn’t help but notice the Maple Leaf and Union Jack atop the banner, commenting that they contained “two very excellent flags!”)

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Why is Sir Robert Borden hanging at the Perth legion?
by Desmond Devoy
Perth Courier


Why is Canada’s First World War prime minister, Sir Robert Borden hanging at the Perth Royal Canadian Legion?

Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston MPP Randy Hillier presented a portrait of Canada’s eighth prime minister, who served from 1911 to 1920, to the legion on Friday, Nov. 15, which has been hung near the First World War section inside the the Hall of Remembrance at the legion.

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The family face of PTSD: Widow speaks out about living with suffering spouse
by Desmond Devoy
Perth Courier


Her husband may have seen action in Afghanistan, but on the home front, Kim Kennedy may as well have been on the front lines herself.

Kennedy’s late husband, Jim Kennedy, had seen his share of the horrors of war when he was posted to places like Afghanistan and the Golan Heights in Syria. But when he came home, the war did not end for him — and as the wife of a veteran with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Kim’s battles were just beginning.

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‘This one dog saves lives’: Former military chaplain gives thanks for PTSD service dog
by Desmond Devoy
Perth Courier

A dog is a man’s best friend, but for a veteran with PTSD, a dog can be a lifeline.

For Sandy Scott, a former Canadian military chaplain, who is used to giving spiritual guidance to soldiers on the battle field, it took a leap of faith to admit that he too needed help, and from a dog no less.

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7,300 plus poppies cascade down front of Perth hospital for Remembrance Day
by Desmond Devoy
Perth Courier


Like a sombre waterfall, a cascade of 7,300-plus poppies has been erected along the side of the Perth hospital in the run-up to Remembrance Day.

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WITH VIDEO: Abide with me: Perth Legion dedicates bench to Eric Devlin, unveiled by his widow, as Legion Week highlight
by Desmond Devoy
Perth Courier


You can now sit and spend some time in the presence of the late Eric Devlin.

The Perth veteran, who died last year, aged 98, on Christmas Day, was honoured with a bench in his memory; it was unveiled on Wednesday, Sept. 18, as the Perth Royal Canadian Legion marked Legion Week.

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Perth Legion Week 2019 highlights a tribute to Eric Devlin among several activities
by Desmond Devoy
Perth Courier

This year’s Royal Canadian Legion Week will feature a special commemoration of the life of the late Perth veteran Eric Devlin.

Legion Week runs from Sept. 15 to 21, and starts with a back-to-school bang on Monday, Sept. 16, when legion members will be filling 54 bins full of recess equipment at the Perth Canadian Tire store on Highway 7, for distribution to six local elementary schools:

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