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Wonderful news from Perth on this gorgeous, bright Monday!

Veterans House Canada is absolutely thrilled to announce that we've received a heartwarming $10,000 donation from Perth's Honour Our Veterans Banner Program.

Our deepest gratitude to the amazing organizers and all the generous donors who made this possible.


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Community celebrates WWII veteran André Hissink’s 104th birthday with drive-by parade
Perth, ON, Canada / Lanarkleedstoday.ca
Lake 88.1 News
Jun 27, 2023 | 10:03 AM

André Hissink turned 104 on Monday, and a parade of cars decorated in Canadian flags made their way to Carolina Retirement Living from Conlon Farm in Perth to thank the WWII pilot and wish him well. (Read more...)


 

Public Speaking at Perth Legion

Primary Division - Grades 1-3

1st Prize - Brooklyn James from Drummond Centre.

2nd Prize - Jacob Stone - Stewart School.

Junior Division - Grades 4-6

1st Prize - Oliver Russell from St. John Catholic Elementary

1st Prize received $35.00, 2nd Prize received $25.00. All the speakers also received a Certificate of Appreciation.

President Bob Day & Ladies Auxiliary Secretary Marilyn Devlin present certificates to the winners of the public speaking which was held at Perth Legion Branch 244 this afternoon.

Thank you to the participants & CONGRATULATIONS! 

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Small Community Hosts Annual Honour Veterans Weekend
Canadian Military Family Magazine

More than 300 banners that adorn the names of Canadians who served their country are now proudly displayed throughout the small town of Perth, ON.

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Perth Legion chooses mother of infamous 1974 grenade incident victim as Silver Cross Mother
Desmond Devoy
Perth Courier
Saturday, October 1, 2022

There is an unlikely Perth connection to one of the darkest days in the history of Canada’s army cadets, which the town Royal Canadian Legion hopes to rectify this Remembrance Day.

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Veterans' commemorative benches unveiled at Perth cenotaph

by Laurie Weir
Perth Courier
Monday, June 20, 2022

It's been in the works for sometime, but on June 5, it all came together.

Two veterans’ benches were unveiled in Perth, thanks to funds raised through the Perth-on-Tay Royal Canadian Legion's banner program, and poppy campaign, at a cost of $4,700.

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'A day to remember:' 4 Second World War veterans in Perth honoured with birthday 'honk and wave' parade

Jim Warden, 91, and the eldest of the veterans, Harold Steffler, 105, both celebrated birthdays on July 4

Evelyn Harford
Perth Courier

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Four Second World War veterans’ birthdays were kicked into high gear with a special honour – a “honk and wave” parade.
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NEW VIDEO - Perth Legion Ladies Auxiliary Dinner
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The Perth Legion Ladies Auxiliary Dinner is coming up on March 26th, Kathy Botham speaks with Marilyn Devlin from the Perth Legion to find out more.

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Financial Support from Scott Reid MP

Although this is bittersweet after yesterday's announcement about the Federal government looking to settle the lawsuit over the $165 million error in veterans benefits, it has been requested by Dominion Command that we make this announcement.

In total, just over $7.2 million dollars distributed by the Legion’s National Headquarters went to 701 Branches who recently applied for financial assistance provided through Veterans Affairs Canada to help with operational costs so they can continue their important work for Veterans and their families in their community!

Perth Legion, Branch 244, is most grateful for the $10,845.04 received from Scott Reid, the Member of Parliament for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston.
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Donation in honour of Perth vet will help repair cenotaph
Perth Courier

Monday, December 21, 2020

Shannan family presents $14,000 to Legion

Toby and Shannon Shannan presented the Perth Royal Canadian Legion Branch 244 with an early Christmas gift.
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WITH VIDEO: Perth veterans are picture perfect in fundraiser calendar campaign
Desmond Devoy
Perth Courier

Monday, November 23, 2020

Perth’s veterans were ready for their close-up when several had their photos taken for a 2021 fundraising calendar.
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Love and War: Perth veteran couple celebrates love, service at fundraiser calendar photo shoot
Desmond Devoy
Perth Courier


Monday, November 23, 2020

All is fair in love and war — and Eric and Beatrice Sproule found love, actually, during the Cold War.
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WITH VIDEO: Smaller, shorter Remembrance Day in Perth pays tribute to Canada’s veterans
by Desmond Devoy
Perth Courier


Wednesday, November 11, 2020

If the Battle of Britain celebrated “The Few” who flew to defend that island nation during the Second World War, the Perth Royal Canadian Legion celebrated the few who came to attend the Remembrance Day ceremony.
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Streets of Perth welcome motorcycle brigade along Pathway of Heroes
by Laurie Weir
Perth Courier

It was a perfect backdrop Saturday, Sept. 26, as the summer-like day welcomed families and friends of Perth veterans to enjoy a day of remembrance and of celebration.

The Pathway of Heroes recognizes local vets, living and deceased, with their photos on banners flying on Wilson, Foster and Gore streets. They will remain on the lamp posts until Nov. 12.

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Perth’s ‘Pathway of Heroes’ to honour veterans, to be unveiled on Sept. 26
by Desmond Devoy
Perth Courier


Perth’s veterans will be honoured with a special walkabout on Sept. 26 as 101 banners are unveiled downtown.

The “Pathway of Heroes” will see a special “walkabout” through town that day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as a way for everyone to respect distancing, while also honouring veterans for their service and sacrifice.

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Perth Royal Canadian Legion’s ‘Meals for Vets’ also helps local restaurants
by Desmond Devoy
Perth Courier


The Perth Royal Canadian Legion is offering “Meals for Vets” that both honour them, and support local restaurants.

The idea came about “to brighten the day of many of our veterans still living on their own during these challenging and uncertain times,” wrote Sue Doran, in an email exchange with The Perth Courier on Friday, May 1. As such, the legion has been “providing takeout dinners from local restaurants. “Besides supporting our veterans, we will be supporting our local restaurants that are finding times difficult during the present state of emergency regulations" due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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A Perth Legion Initiative - Meals for Vets

Perth council antes up to change how it applies fees to legion’s ‘Catch the Ace’ fundraiser
by Desmond Devoy
Perth Courier

Perth town council may be ready to give the Royal Canadian Legion’s “Catch the Ace” game a new fee break.

Mayor John Fenik is proposing that a fee per game structure, based on a percentage of winnings for the popular fundraiser be looked at.

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Free acupuncture in Perth offered to military-induced PTSD sufferers
by Laurie Weir
Perth Courier


For those suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder and have a military background, free acupuncture sessions are now available.

The Perth Royal Canadian Legion Branch 244 is opening its doors, free of charge, for local acupuncturist, Lynn Dowdall, to offer her services – again, free of charge.

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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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Perth Legion renaissance as organization regains financial footing
Jul 04, 2019
by Desmond Devoy
Perth Courier


There’s change, and then there’s $31,583 worth of change.

And at the Perth Royal Canadian Legion these days, there’s both.

Jim Boldt, the newly-elected president of the legion, during an interview in the lounge on Tuesday, June 25, points out the figure in blue construction paper letters posted on the wall — the $31,583 that the legion was able to donate back to the community in the past year.


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Perth dart players raise $8,500 for Soldier On program
In 3 years, this tournament has raised $18,000
Perth Courier
May 16, 2019

From April 5 to 7, the third annual Soldier On dart tournament was held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 244 Perth-On-Tay in Perth.

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Ride for Disabled Vets makes stop at Perth Royal Canadian Legion
Perth Courier
May 14, 2019

This was the sixth year for the Ride for Disabled Vets, and in five years, it has raised $50,000.

This year, their donation will be made to the Canadian Veteran Service Dog Unit in Ottawa, a program that provides trained service dogs to first responders and military with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Perth’s Hall of Remembrance unveils unique display
Hometown News
April 26, 2019


The Hall of Remembrance military museum at Perth’s Legion has unveiled a unique display for its season opening on Friday, May 3. The exhibit features soldier William Del Donegan, who was one of 2,100 Canadian men killed during the 10-day “Battle of Hill 70” in World War I.

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Veterans to get free parking in Smiths Falls
by Evelyn Harford
Smiths Falls Record News


Veterans will soon be able to park for free in Smiths Falls.

Council agreed at their committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday, April 23, to exempt anyone with a valid veteran’s licence plate from parking fees at metered and other municipal parking sites in town — something the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 had asked for last year.

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Perth Inside Out: Army Signals Corps base was known to few Perthites
Hometown News
March 13, 2019

A Canadian Army facility in one of Perth’s neighbouring townships from 1962 until 1994 was known to few local residents, and even fewer have ever set eyes on it. There was little to see anyway, as most of it was underground.

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Catch the Ace winner in Perth with $13,100 prize
by Laurie Weir
Perth Courier
Jan 27, 2019

There’s been a winner of the illusive Catch the Ace in Perth.

Bill Don, an avid dart player at the Perth Royal Canadian Legion Branch 244 was the winner of $13,100 after the draw on Friday, Jan. 25.

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Shadow Box Presentation
Hall of Remembrance Museum
February 1st, 2019


Two Perth area men were honoured at our Hall of Remembrance Museum today, with the presentation of shadow boxes which have been crafted by MWO (Ret) Ken Miles, MMM, CD, of Pembroke.

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Hundreds gather in Perth during Remembrance Day service
by Laurie Weir
Perth Courier
November 11th, 2018

Hundreds gathered Sunday, Nov. 11 in Perth for the Remembrance Day Memorial Service, hosted by the Perth-Upon-Tay Legion Branch 244.

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Pilot William Kyle honoured at museum
October 25, 2018 by Terry O’Hearn

One of the most prominent exhibits at the Perth Legion Hall of Remembrance Museum commemorates Perth’s Flying Officer William Kyle and five other crewmen, who went missing during World War II over the jungle of what was then known as Burma, and is now Myanmar. (More)


Legion supports veteran attending Perth’s Project Trauma Support
Jul 31, 2018 by Desmond Devoy Perth Courier

Unfortunately, Perth’s Project Trauma Support program has proven to be very popular.

With 14 "cohorts" so far, and with a total of 150 first responders and military personnel having gone through the PTSD program at Tay River Reflections Medical spa, the program has also recently embarked on a partnership of sorts with the Perth Royal Canadian Legion Branch 244.
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Andrew Ronald Gamble
10 July 1899 - 03 November 1917

03 June 2018 - Elmwood Cemetery, Perth, Ontario

With the help of Perth Upon Tay, Branch 244 , Royal Canadian Legion replaced a 100 year old rotted cross erected by the Gamble family in memory of Andrew Gamble, killed at the 2nd Battle of Passchendaele.
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