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September 1, 2012

Help For Homeless Veterans

A strong and caring commitment of half a million dollars—that’s The Royal Canadian Legion’s initial funding for a program that will help homeless veterans across the country.

“I am extremely proud to announce a national Leave the Streets Behind program,” said Dominion President Pat Varga, who made the announcement during her report to dominion convention in Halifax.

The program’s mission is to reach out to the homeless or near homeless by providing immediate financial assistance and support and to connect veterans to local social and community services to establish a long-term solution.

Front And Centre

59, a life member of the Elmira, Ont., Branch, served with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. He has over 27 years’ Legion service, was first elected to the branch executive in 1986 and became president of Ontario Command in 2005. He has served on Dominion Executive Council since 1999 and has been a member of many national committees, including public relations, The Royal Canadian Legion governance commission, veterans, services and seniors, membership, as well as chairman of poppy and remembrance.

Halifax 2012: The Legion Marches On

A soft rain of red poppies, roughly 120,000 of them, drifted gently down during the two-minute silence at the opening ceremonies for The Royal Canadian Legion’s 44th Dominion Convention in Halifax, June 10-13. Each fashioned by a Nova Scotia student, most carried the name of a Canadian Forces member, of someone who gave his or her life in the service of Canada, sometimes a member of a student’s own family.

The poppies formed a red carpet in front of the raised platform in the Halifax Metro Centre whereupon the officers and official guests stood to attention in tribute to the fallen. It was a graphic reminder of the more than 116,000 Canadians who have lost their lives in service of their country and the legions of others who suffer after leaving military service. The poppy and what it represents is why Legionnaires were there, why the Legion exists, why the work of convention is important.

On This Date: September 2012

SEPTEMBER 1, 1942: U-756 is discovered by radar astern of convoy SC-97 in the mid-Atlantic. His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Morden launches three depth charge attacks. Two days later the U-boat is listed as missing. Years later the corvette is given credit for the U-boat’s destruction.

SEPTEMBER 2, 1945: Japan signs unconditional surrender, bringing to an end six years of war.

SEPTEMBER 3, 1943: The Allied invasion of mainland Italy begins.

1812 Journal – Then & Now

USS United States defeats HMS Macedonian. ILLUSTRATION: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS—DIG-PGA-02821 The War of 1812 lasted from the American declaration of war on Great Britain inJune

The First Founders Award For Spirit And Vision

Canadian stage, television and film actor Paul Gross is the first recipient of The Royal Canadian Legion’s Founders Award. The announcement was made in June by Dominion President Pat Varga during the Legion’s 44th dominion convention in Halifax.

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