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Branch 94

205 Empire, Greenfield Park,
Québec, Canada
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Coverall January 2012




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I would like to thank Bernie Constantini for his excellent work in his tenure as President. It was an honour and a privilege to work with this gentleman.

I would also like to thank the following:

- - - The Executive members, whom I have had the privilege of working with this last term and to wish good luck to those who are leaving. Also I welcome the new members knowing that with this team the prospects for the coming term look excellent.

- - - The ladies auxiliary for their tremendous work during the last term. Without them this branch would find it very difficult to do as well as we do. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the new members of the ladies auxiliary knowing full well that the fine tradition will be carried on.

- - - Each person who turned out for the election regardless of whom you voted for. It shows your interest in the well-being of our branch.

- - - Linda Rogers who is leaving us after ten years of service. We wish her all the best.

- - - The volunteers and regulars for work well done.

And finally I would like to wish all our members Happy Holidays and a great 2012

Lewis Brown

Dear Comrades,

I am back on board for another year with a great team.

We have revised our menu. It is now accessible on our website.

Everyone is ready and willing to work.

Please let us know if you want to join our group or if you know someone that needs our services.

Yours in comradeship
Francine Cantwell
President, Ladies auxiliary


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Je tiens à remercier Bernie Constantini pour son excellent travail durant son mandat comme président, ce fut un honneur et un priviège de travailler avec ce Monsieur.

Je tiens aussi à remercier les personnes suivantes:

Tous les members de l’exécutif que j’ai eu le privilège de travailler avec pendant ce dernier terme, et ceux laissant le comité leur souhaitant bonne chance! Je souhaite aussi la bienvenue aux nouveaux membres sachant qu’avec cette équipe les perspectives pour le terme à venir semblant excellentes.

Les dames auxiliaires pour tout le travail qu’ils ont accompli durant la dernière année, sans vous notre légion trouverait cela très difficile. Je tiens aussi à accueillir les nouveaux membres des dames axillaires sachant aussi que cette équipe continuera toutes leurs bonnes traditions.

Merci à tous les membres qui sont venus voter le soir des élections, peu importe pour qui vous avez voté, cela démontre votre intérêt pour le bien-être des affaires de la Légion et merci a tous les bénévoles et au personnel pour leur excellent travail.

J’aimerais aussi remercier Linda Rogers qui nous quitte après dix ans de service, nous lui souhaitons tous bonne chance!

J’aimerais souhaiter à tous nos membres, de Joyeuses Fêtes et une très bonne année 2012.

Le président,
Lewis Brown



Chers camarades

Je suis de retour pour une autre année avec une superbe équipe.

Nous avons révisé le menu; lequel est accessible sur notre site web.

Nous sommes prête et disposé à travailler.

Veuillez nous informer si vous connaissez une personne qui à besoin de nos services ou si vous désirez vous joindre à notre groupe.

Votre camarade
Francine Cantwell,
Dames auxiliaires

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The quarter got off to a tremendous start with a super star studded evening where all the stars were members of the branch and their friends. The date was October 29th and those who were about that night witnessed a stellar display of talent. Unfortunately Gerry Guerin’s images do not do justice to the colourful happenings when presented in grey scale, but if you are able to access our internet site Rob Forbes has again worked hard to present this issue in full colour. Gerry’s photos on pages 16 & 17 capture the spirit of the evening and reflect the fun experienced.

Selling poppies was the activity of choice during the last week of October and into November. This year 189 veterans, members and volunteers participated in the campaign. Although only 4 more than last year an encouraging fact was that 25 were young adults - 11 girls, who were either Rangers or Pathfinders and 14 cadets from the 1979 Greenfield Park Cadet Corps. As she has done for many years Shirley Miller donated a lot of her free time working behind the scenes organizing trays, scheduling campaigners for each site and being there at the end of each day when the trays were returned. Much of the success of our campaigns is due to the hard work Shirley contributes each year. Thank You Shirley!!!

November, as always in the life of Branch 94, was an active month. It started with our Remembrance weekend - the Dinner/Dance on November 6th, and the ceremonies at the cenotaph on the following day to honour our Town’s fallen comrades.

Remembrance this year seemed to be even more meaningful. Perhaps the work done by members such as Jack Gammon, who for many years has worked very hard with local school administrations to make students at all levels aware of what remembrance day represents, is beginning to produce results. Through the years his efforts have been rewarded by student participation in the Legion’s national poem, essay and poster contest. Local students have won provincial and national awards and each year their endeavours have been recognized by our veterans on a special evening. The poem on page 9, the essay on page 10 and the letter on page 20 provide further evidence that Jack’s labours in this area are paying dividends.

At our Remembrance dinner on November 5th we were honoured to have the participation of Captain Anne-Marie Cote and her husband Karl Morel, Silver Cross Mother Margaret Beckett, Borough President Mireille Carriere and town Councillors Bob Myles and Mick O’grady, Reverend Linda Faith Chalk, Comrade Robert Latreille, representing District 10 and Captain Michel Boivin of the 1979 Greenfield Park Cadet Corps and his wife, Diane. A special moment occurred when Capt. Cote in concluding her remarks thanked the veterans present for their service to our country and asked them to stand and be recognized. Unfortunately since no one anticipated such a tribute there are no photos capturing a moment which touched everyone in the hall.

In addition to The Shriners Band, Piper Jeff McCarthy, the Air Cadets and the usual participants a contingent from The Armed Forces base in St. Hubert joined our parade to give added significance to Remembrance this year..

Fortunately there were many photos taken throughout the weekend by a number of photographers. A selection appears on pages of this issue Remembrance took on a special meaning for one Greenfield Park citizen this year and our branch took pride in hosting part of the presentation. Gordon Hamblin was the unsuspecting recipient of a citation from Ottawa. Details are on page 20.

The other major event in November was the elections. Branch members and the Ladies Auxiliary both elected new executive committees. The results are on page 23.

In December several of our members visited St. Annes to present members of our branch with Christmas presents. The senior lunch crowd enjoyed a Christmas dinner, the branch hosted a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for the Greenfield Park Christmas Basket project, and the children and grandchildren of many of our members were entertained at our annual Christmas party. They got to see Santa and each child received a nice gift. More details and photos on pages 12 to 14.

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Our elections were held on November 16th. Our new officers are listed on page 23. Congratulations to the newly elected members and sincere thanks to the outgoing executive for all their hard work during 2011.

At the General Meeting on November 23rd, President Francine Cantwell presented President Bernie Constantini with a cheque in the amount of $7,500.00. In addition to this donation the L.A. have also purchased new dishes and other articles for the kitchen and new lights for the outdoor Christmas tree. Many thanks to John Saint Martin, Everett Shapcott and Eddy Wilkinson for decorating the outdoor tree.

FLEA MARKET – December 4th

Again this year, our December Flea Market was a huge success. Our next Flea Market will be held on March 4th. If you wish to reserve a table please contact Linda Smith at 450-466-8919. Special thank you to all our “Angels” who bring in baked goods.


If you have any questions regarding membership in the L.A. please contact our membership chairperson Julia Shapcott.


January 4
January 18
L.A. General Meeting
February 15
L.A. General Meeting
March 4
Flea Market
March 7
March 21
L.A. General Meeting

On behalf of the members of the Ladies Auxiliary I would like to thank all of you for your support during 2011. We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and health and happiness in the New Year.

Comments about any of the articles in this or other issues of the Coverall, ideas or suggestions for future articles, letters on subjects of interest to our members or anything else you consider worthy of publication may be mailed to the Coverall c/o R.C.L. Branch 94 at the address on the front cover or E-mailed to “ecurbten@yahoo.ca”. Submissions may or may not be used and we reserve the right to edit or use only a part of a submission.

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Waiting for the doors to open
Then GUESTS were piped in by




Following meal bouquet is
presented to silver cross mother
Margaret Beckett by Remembrance
Chairperson Cheryl Moores

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After a great meal prepared and served by the L.A. assisted by the 1979 Greenfield Park Cadet Corps







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Students read their
winning contest
entries. The poem
follows and the
essay is on the next

Why do we wear a poppy?
By: Laura Lalonde

An elderly woman was out walking
She said to herself: it’s quite mild
She stopped at a bench for a break
And soon was approached by a child

I like that red flower you’re wearing, said the child
What is it supposed to mean?
On this very day of every year
They’re everywhere to be seen

Young lady, said the woman, that’s why we wear them
So that you will always remember
So no one will ever forget
The memories of the month of November

We wear them to honor our soldiers
Many of whom never came back
For these poor souls we donned each year
Our flowers of red and black

The child bowed her head and replied
I see now, I am ignorant no more,
Not a year will go by again
Without me remembering our heroes of war


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By Simone Albert

History repeats itself but the mistakes made will only be repeated if the past is forgotten. Remembrance Day is the only time when people take a minute to think about what the young men and women sacrificed going to war to keep our families safe. Remembrance Day honours our veterans in different ways.

Remembrance Day was first marked on November 11th, 1919, one year after the First World War. It is the anniversary of the day when everyone lowered their arms and stopped fighting. The people who celebrate it are from the Commonwealth countries and the British allies. It is a legal holiday in every Canadian province except Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba.

Every year on November 11th, each local legion hosts a ceremony at the local cenotaph to
honour those who have died in the wars and peacekeeping missions since WW1. The symbol for Remembrance Day is the poppy and it is worn on the left side over our hearts. This symbol was first introduced because of the poem In Flanders Field written by John McCrae. The reading of this poem, the singing of the national anthem and the playing of the Last Post, Lament, Rouse and God Save the Queen are all major parts of the ceremony. A prayer is said for those who died at war and crosses or wreaths are also laid around a monument or important place to symbolize the unnamed soldiers. It is nice to see the veterans deeply honoured by the recognition they deserve. They are saddened by the memory of the loss of their companions on the battle field. Everyone in attendance takes a moment of silence to remember those lost men and women.

It is important to recognise the soldiers who enlisted. Not always knowing what they signed up for, the young men and women sacrificed their luxuries and life styles for our freedom. Most were barely adults or faked their age to get in without realising what the conditions were. For about four years they lived in the mud and endured the horrible conditions war forced upon them. They watched their friends and fellow soldiers die or were wounded around upon them and wondered about their families who waited for them at home as they fought on the front.

Soldiers’ stories are precious few and as the years go by, we lose the tellers of the stories and what they have to say about their time at war. Canadian soldiers aren’t getting the recognition they deserve. These young men and women often enlist because they want to continue their education.

These days, fewer Canadians acknowledge the death of these soldiers. Kids in school don’t learn about the wars and what they mean in any depth. This is saddening since at the end of high school, many are old enough to enlist but don’t understand what soldiers in the past and present had to do. The poem In Flanders Field is learned at a young age but not much is being written about the war.

Remembrance Day and a few days prior are the only real times citizens think about the sacrifices many of these young soldiers made for our country and freedom. The time soldiers have spent on the front to fight for our freedoms or others’ are taken for granted and we do not take the time to express our gratitude other than on Remembrance Day. So take these precious moments to remember.


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Not sure where this came from but it is a good example of the progress being made.

A poem by my daughter Tate, age 10.

Dedicated to all the men and women who fight for our amazing country, Canada!

Dieppe, They Didn't Have To Do It
The day of which brave soldiers left us, we all
were very proud,
They sent them into Germany to stop enemy forces,
But it ended very sad.
When British forces sent them in, what they didn't
Germany was more than the load we could tow.
Over ten thousand died sad and painful deaths.
But because these soldiers did this,
That makes Canada the best.
They didn't have to do it,
Go off for our country so we could be free.
They didn't have to do it,
Fight and die for us across the seas.
They didn't have to do it,
But because they did,
Our country is free,
And a kid,
Can be a kid.


The Save St . Anne’ s Committee has quietly been working on ways to keep this hospital in Federal hands. Although nothing to report has occurred in the past 3 months others have been active. On December 15th CTV reported that veterans and others sympathetic to this cause had gathered in front of St. Anne’s Veterans Hospital to protest the planned transfer.

we’ll have more to report in our next issue.



A Remembrance Day Story

This story was told in Parliament Nov 2, 2011, by Sean Casey. MP, from P.E.I.

I will close with a story from my home province.

Two young men, about the same age, were back on the Island for the summer. Each had recently encountered a life-altering experience. One of them had done an extended tour of duty in Afghanistan as a reservist and the other had just completed a rookie season as a defence-man with the Boston Bruins, capped off by winning the Stanley Cup.

The hockey player said to the young soldier, "You're a hero."

The soldier looked at the Stanley Cup champion and said, "I'm a hero? You won the Stanley Cup."

The hockey player replied, "I wouldn't have died for it."

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On behalf of the executive of Branch 94, I would like to thank all of our dedicated members and friends of members that have supported our Legion Events.

Our Star Studded Evening at the end of October was filled with fun and laughter. All of the members and friends that attended seemed to have a great time and the Legion Hall was “ROCKING”. Thanks to the help of our DJ/MC Ted Danko our stars entertained their audience beyond belief! Thanks a lot Ted! Behind the scenes, the kitchen was turned into a make shift dressing room where Barbara Grant and Naomi Malo did the makeup, while Joannie Bremner, Francine Cantwell and I got everyone dressed in their proper attire, and THE SHOW WENT ON!

Our Johnny Cash replica, Henry Frail, was in fine form! Many of the audience did not recognize him at all. Thanks to Barb and the time Henry took preparing for his performance, he looked great. Carmen Miranda (aka) Francine Cantwell and her faithful follower, Eddie Wilkinson danced their hearts out while Madonna, Bill Wight, in her finest garb, strutted “her” stuff before the crowd. Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Were Made for Walkin” was performed by Star Performer Eddie Wilkinson. Look out Nancy – a new star is born! Rita MacNeil, Lewis Brown did a fine job while her coal miners Bob Golden and Wayne Pregent who were supposed to be her Chorus, stood behind and did their best to distract her. Great job Lew!

Then there was Elton John, eloquently played by Glenn Cantwell who did a knock out performance. The crowd was on their feet. Consensus says that Glenn really missed his calling! Sonny, performed by Naomi Ward and Cher, John Grondin dressed in their “hippie attire” kept the crowd going while they wandered out singing “I’ve Got You Babe”. Not to mention Mama Cass, Richard Amos and Branch 94’s version of Cindi Lauper, Gerry Cantwell who both did stellar performances to please their audience while the suitably sexy Marilyn Monroe, John Gagnon (one of our friends from Blue Haven) seduced the crowd in her sexy attire.

Next up – The Village People! Indian Chief - Francine Cantwell, Motorcycle Poppa – Joannie Bremner, Police Man – Sue Monk, Cowboy – Charlene Cadrin, Construction Guy – Julia Shapcott, and Army Guy – myself all had lots of fun performing “In The Navy”

Last but not least were the Branch 94 Flashers! Dressed in Trench Coats and specialty (some even hand crafted) underwear, our flashers– Naomi Ward, Harry Devey, John Grondin, Bill Wight and Gerry Cantwell shocked our guests with their rendition of “Patricia The Stripper”

Once again THANKS TO ALL of our performers & behind the stage people (whom are mentioned above), ticket sellers, ticket takers- Monique LeBel, Andrea Main; our official photographer, Gerry Guerin, Cindy Smith and Karen Golden, who also took, and sent in pictures, Julie Brault for jumping in to help man the lights, Shirley, Andrea, Karen, Naomi, Francine, Barb, & Hollis for your help with the food and kitchen duty and last but not least “OUR AUDIENCE” Without all of you, the show would not have gone on. For those who missed it see pages 16& 17

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On December 17th we entertained potential future members of Branch 94. Thank you Monique LeBel, Naomi Ward, Bill Wight and Camile Coté who welcomed the children and helped with their coats, hats & boots. They also kept the floor mopped to ensure their safety. It was great to hear the laughter and see the excitement in the children’s faces. Zooé the clown made balloon toys or animals for each child and Jerry the magician mesmerized the children and many of the adults as well with his bag of tricks.

There was a coloring section so that the children could color a favourite Christmas theme picture. Emma Robertson manned a table where the children could guess how many candies were in each of the two jars with the closest guess winning that jar. In another area the children had their faces professionally painted by Alexandra Hill. Throughout the day they were kept entertained by Branch 94’s favourite clowns who visit every year on this special day. (Claudette Lapointe and daughter and granddaughter Suzanne and Kelsey Byford). Thanks everyone!


Behind the scenes Francine Cantwell, Shirley Chaif, Shirley Miller and Jackie Michaud were in the kitchen preparing the food. Thank you very much ladies. There was lots of hot dogs, veggies & dip, juice, popcorn and some of the finest ice cream cake cones, rice crispy balls & squares and chocolate chip cookies especially baked with lots of heart by Shirley Chaif, Dolores & Emma Robertson, Rick Disensi & Debbie Davies, Donna Demick & Kim Dalton, respectively. Thank you all for the time you took to do this for us and for your generosity. Some of the children’s favourite Christmas songs were sung in a group as well as some solo performances. Everette the ELF and Mrs. Clause mingled throughout the hall letting the children know that Santa was on his way real soon.


Santa arrived to see all the good little boys and girls belonging to proud parents, grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, nieces & nephews of some of the members of our branch and the children sat anxiously awaiting for their name to be called. Thanks to our “Official Branch Photographer” Andrea Main, pictures were taken of Santa giving a gift to each child. Thanks to the generosity of Camile & Jackie who donated some beautiful stuffed animals, some of the children were lucky enough to win a second gift. Lysa & Emma handed each of the children a loot bag to take home, as they left the hall.


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Lysa, once again you did an exceptional job on your choice for the children’s gifts. A great big thank you to you, Tom, Emma, TJ, Dolores and Bruce for all that you do to make this day so special for our children. Great job Richard, Pearl and Everette and we all thank you! Lew & Christine thanks for your help stuffing goodie bags on the Friday night before the party. Monique thanks to you we made $766.00 to defer costs due to all of the raffle tickets you sold. Many thanks to Sherrie for all your help with the set up and clean up, Pat. Rob and Linda and everyone that helped in any way to make this day special for the children.


Cheryl Moores – Ways & Means

On behalf of the executive of Branch 94 I would like to thank Mavis Spenser and her group of volunteers for a wonderful New Year’s Eve at the branch. Mavis you, Beverly Morley, George & Barb Levesque, Beverly & Richard Hindle, Amy King, Jim Bechard, Henry Frail & Barb Grant, Gerry & Carol Pelletier, Bob Demick and Andrea Main did a knock out job with either the preparation & cooking, serving & cleaning, and/or decorating the hall. Rumor has it that there was plenty of great food, the deserts were fantastic and the music was good as well. Everyone that attended had a great time.

Thanks also to Pat, Dave, Rob & Sherrie for your help and support as well.

HAPPY NEW YEAR’S! – Cheryl Moores – Ways & Means

Coming Events

Sunday, February 5th



Come join us in the lounge for Super Bowl Sunday and watch the game on the
big screen! – Tickets $10.00 each, includes door prizes, one free beer, wine or soft drink, food at half time, munchies and lots of fun! HAPPY PRICES – Check out our web site or the bulletin board at the Legion for more details (to follow)


Sunday, February 12th  

2pm – 7pm, Saint Valentine’s Day festivities – Please join us for music and
dancing in the Legion Hall – Tickets $7.00 each – includes BUFFET at 5pm.


Saturday, February 25th



8pm – “Diamond in the Rough” – A Tribute to Neil Diamond by Joey Purpra – Tickets $25.00 each – sold in advance


Saturday, March 17th  

Saint Patrick’s Corned Beef & Cabbage dinner and dance – 6pm – Tickets - $13.00 each. – Check out our web site or the bulletin board at the Legion for more details (to follow)


Sunday, March 18th  
2pm – 7pm - Saint Patrick’s Day Irish Coffee – Irish Stew - $3.00 per bowl - served at 4pm – Check out our web site or the bulletin board at the Legion for more details (to follow)

Continued next page

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Sunday, April 22nd

2pm – 7pm – Spring Bar B Q / Dance – Please join us for music and dancing in the lounge – Tickets $10.00 each – includes Steak BBQ from 4:30pm – 6pm


Saturday, May 5th

Kentucky Derby – Come watch your favorite horse run on the big screen in the lounge! Check out our web site or the bulletin board at the legion for more details (to follow)


The above events have been planned so far, please check the Legion web site or the bulletin board in the front entrance for changes or additions to this list of events. We hope to see you at these events and thank you in advance for your continuous support!


Karen Golden & Cheryl Moores



Dear God,

My prayer for 2012 is for a fat bank account & a thin body. Please don't mix these up like you did last year.



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2011 Poppy Campaign “Thank You” Report
December 28th 2011

We would like to thank the following:
Branch Manager:

Linda Roger


The Bar Tenders


The Wrappers:
Andrea Main
Joe Bockus
Evelyn Pye
Linda Bremner
Wreaths & Donations:
Claudette Lapointe
Team Leaders.
Home Depot: Bob Demick
IGA: Donna Demick
& Mickie Barr
Maxi: Andrea Main
Pharmaprix: Evelyn Pye
440: Jack Gammon
Metro: Ray Langstaff
175 Volunteers who filled the above locations



Location coordinator.
Shirley Miller


“Thank-You” to all the members who helped make our
2011 Poppy Campaign a great success


Poppy Campaign 2011 Financial Report
December 28th 2011


Wreaths & Donations
$ 3,296.00
Poppy Sales:
Total gross sales to-date:
Expenses (Poppies, Wreaths
Literature Transportation)
-$ 4,814.18
Net Profit of Campaign
Cash on Hand as of Nov 2011
Balance as of Dec 28th 2011
Comrade Jack Gammon
Comrade Shirley Miller

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The following self-explanatory letter was recently received by our Poppy Trust Chairman Jack Gammon. 


Object : Simon Laplante

Hello Mr. Gammon

Sorry for the delay

Simon is a Secondary 5 student at College Notre-Dame de Lourdes in Longueuil. He is enrolled in their International Schooling program which differs a bit from the regular school program. One of the differences is that students enrolled in this program must develop and bring forth to a group of teachers a Personal Plan. This plan is based on cultural and historical events and as such the students are free to choose a subject of their liking.

Last year Simon came to us and said that he was disappointed that he and a friend were the only two wearing a poppy at his school and that he was going to make La Journée du Souvenir / Remembrance Day his personal project.

I have, over the years, always tried to stress to my children the importance of the sacrifices Veterans did so that we can live the life of freedom that we do and I'm proud to say that my son has upheld those important values since he's been old enough to understand.

This past summer we had the great fortune of being able to travel to the Normandy area of France. From the get go of planning this trip, taking a guided tour of D Day beaches was decided. The realization of the magnitude of the human sacrifices hit us all but especially Simon at that point. The Canadian War Cemetery in Beny Sur Mer was a gut wrenching moment for all of us.

Simon came back with a new appreciation for the importance of Remembrance Day.

He convinced his school to let him sell poppies and have a war vet present. He tried relentlessly to find an available vet and finally as luck would have it Mr. Jack Gammon was the one that contacted us.

Simon set up a power point presentation showing pictures taken in Normandy while Mr. Gammon sold and pinned poppies on people. The total tally was over $300.00 raised and 350 poppies pinned on people. Simon had teachers coming up to him to congratulate him on his efforts, thanking him for bringing this tradition to the school and even had a teacher weep as she told the story of her father being a POW during WW2.

Simon also convinced the directors of the school to make a special announcement right before the minute of silence at 11.11 and the minute of silence was respected. Most of all, what I think Simon accomplished the most, and it is the thing that makes me the most proud of him is that the school now wants to make this a yearly tradition.

Thank you for your time and efforts Mr. Gammon. You have made a difference. !


Marc Laplante
Laplante et Associés


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Another event that made this year’s Remembrance activities special was the surprise that awaited “Parker” Gordon Hamblin.

From my vantage point as a member of the Flag Party I was in a unique position to view the proceedings. At one point a group of people appeared behind the cenotaph and I wondered why they were there, in a spot usually occupied by the piper. It was not until I heard the news on TV and received photos, some of which you see here, that I understood why.

CTV news reported that Gordon Hamblin had laid a wreath in his father's memory. He had spent much of his life trying to find out more about his father, Sgt. George Philp of the Royal Canadian Hussars. Hamblin was only two when the 24-year old soldier was killed. He had survived the D-Day invasion, but was killed in Normandy two weeks later, and buried in Beny-sur-Mer, France with thousands of other Canadian soldiers.


"I'm trying to fit it all together," said
Hamblin. "It makes me feel very
good7 I've got grandchildren, great
grandchildren and it's all because of
him. It makes me feel complete."

Helping organize the surprise was Hamblin's daughter, Kelly, who for years watched her father investigate his roots.

"I hope that he walks away knowing a little bit more, feeling good about this, and I hope it puts him in a good place," she said.

Every November we gather to honour those of our town whose names are etched on the cenotaph so that we will never forget. Rarely do we get an opportunity to know a little of these men. Gordon Hamblim has provided us with such an opportunity. The text and photos the following pages are from his personal collection and tell a little bit of the story of George D. Philp and the 7th Recon Regiment from June 6 to Sergeant Philp’s untimely death on June 22, 1944.

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On June 6, 1944, now known to history as D-Day, Operation Overlord, the long-awaited invasion of Northwest Europe, began with Allied landings on the Coast of Normandy. Allied troops stormed German defences on the beaches of Normandy (France) to open the way to Germany from the West. The task was formidable. The Germans had turned the coastline into a continuous fortress of guns, pillboxes, razor wire, mines and beach obstacles. Canadians were among the first into action and against terrible odds fought their way into Normandy from the Juno Beach landing.

   The Regiment was re-designated as 7th Reconnaissance Battalion (17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars) on 11 February 1941. It embarked for the United Kingdom as a part of 3rd Canadian Infantry Division on August 23,1941. On June 8, 1942, it was re-designated as 7th Reconnaissance Regiment (17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars). Detachments of the Regiment landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944 as part of 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. The remainder of the Regiment landed during the rest of June and July 1944. It fought as the reconnaissance regiment of 3rd Canadian Infantry Division throughout North-West Europe. The 3rd Division and the 2nd Armoured Brigade were Canada's major ground contribution to the D-Day landings.

These were representative of the whole nation: three of the infantry battalions came from Ontario, one from Quebec, three from the Western provinces and two from the Maritimes; the artillery, engineers, signals and service units were equally diverse in origins. The three regiments of the armoured brigade regiments represented Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec.

From D-Day until the 31st of July, when they rejoined their regiment, the 17th Hussars Contact Detachments remained with the 3rd Division Battalions. Under command of the British Second Army, supported by an impressive array of firepower from artillery, rocket-firing landing craft and naval guns, the Canadians stormed ashore at "Juno" beach, in the centre of the British sector, through rough water, beach obstacles, wire, mines and gunfire. By nightfall they had secured a beachhead, which, although short of the planned objectives, was firm enough to withstand enemy counter-attacks.

The 7th Canadian Reconnaissance Regiment - known as the 17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars came from Montreal. The 17th Hussars was a Reconnaissance Regiment and operated as independent squadrons working in close conjunction with the Brigades of the Division. The Recce regiment probed enemy positions, directed traffic and kept the Divisional commander informed on the Brigades progress. On D-Day, the 17th Hussars operated in two specialized groups: Contact Detachments and Beach Groups. These were groups of officers and men, performing special tasks for the G.O.C. and were spread out among the various landing crafts.

Sgt. George D. Philp 7th Reconnaissance Regiment (17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars)
   The Beach Exit Rec’ce parties were divided into two sections and attached to two British Beach Groups. The unit members provided “traffic control”. They were identified by the “T.C.”
painted on their helmets and their white web-belts. They landed with the assaulting infantry, located the beach exits where the vehicles could pass through the sea wall, barbed-wire and mines. They were responsible for ensuring that all the tanks, guns, carriers and other vehicles got off the beach and into the forming up areas.

Twenty minutes after the first infantry landed the Traffic Control Officers landed as told by Major C.W. MacLean; “Approaching the beaches we were met with a most impressive sight. The fight was in full swing and later found the pill-boxes still firing at the craft which were hung up on Element “C”. In our craft we all wondered why they didn’t lower the ramp and let us out, but the answer soon came when the craft hit the mines and blew apart and we all dashed through water up to our shoulders to the sea wall7 Finally the assaulting troops succeeded in getting over the sea wall and into town, then we started looking for the possible vehicle exits. With the aid of bulldozers and flails, temporary exits were made and later, the follow up troops, A/T guns, carriers, tanks etc. started to roll through7. By 1500 hours things were running smoothly and the major part of work was finished.” In the days that followed the lodgement was strengthened and


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enlarged until by June 11th, the bridgehead was deemed secure enough to accommodate new formations that were to pour ashore in the next phase.

   The cost in lives was high, though not as high as had been estimated, and certainly not as high as it would have been without Dieppe. On DDay alone, Canada suffered almost a thousand casualties, of whom 340 were killed or died of wounds. The list lengthened during the following days as the Germans sought desperately to drive the invaders out. Success on D-Day and in the battles that followed came at a price: There are more than 5,400 Canadian graves in Normandy. But their sacrifice was not in vain. The fighting continued throughout the summer of 1944. The living conditions were terrible and the enemy was ruthless. Even so, the troops pushed forward through northern France and then into Belgium and Holland, liberating people who had suffered four hard years of Nazi occupation. The victories won there paved the way to victory on May 8, 1945.

Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery Today

The men who fell on the beaches and in the bitter bridgehead battles are buried in Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery which, despite its name, is near the village of Reviers. The cemetery contains 2,049 head stones enclosed by pines and maples. These mark the dead of the 3rd Division and the graves of 15 airmen. The mayor and people of Reviers take a special interest in the cemetery for, although it bears another name, they feel it to be their own. Fine hedges decorate the entrance, and the flanking registry buildings have platforms from which the visitor can see the whole area and appreciate the skill and devotion that has gone into the planning and design of this superb cemetery.


D/3534 Sergeant
17th Duke of York's
Royal Canadian Hussars
22ND JUNE 1944
Age: 24



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In November members of the branch and of the Ladies Auxiliary elected the Executive committees to guide them through the coming year. The following members have accepted the challenge.







50/50 DRAWS

We always need members to help out - Ideally we would like ten to twelve members with an idea for an event and a willingness to organize it. In this way no member is under pressure or time constraints. It is possible for several groups to be working on different events at the same time. For example, there is no reason why one group cannot be working on St. Patrick’s festivities and another thinking ahead to the Children’s Christmas party while others are looking at Remembrance and a dance for June. If we all pitch in and work together it can be a fun year. Think about how you can help! Any of the members listed above will be happy to discuss your ideas with you.


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The members and the Executive of BRANCH 94 extend to Ray Langstaff, Jim Bechard, Jim Young, Ted Hemming, Glenn Cantwell, Henry Frail, and Bob and Kevin Demick our thanks and appreciation for a job well done. This group on their own initiative decided to spruce up the outside siding of the Legion. With the permission of the executive they took down the sign, pressure washed and painted the siding and repaired, repainted and re-lettered the sign before putting it back up. THANK YOU ALL for donating your time and putting in the effort. We’re pleased with the result. Hopefully it bodes well for a brighter future.

F r om a Hu s b a n d ' s Di a r y :

"Now I always
watch my wedding video in
reverse and I love the end when
she takes the ring off, goes out,
jumps into the car and returns
back to her father's home."



Our Thanks to the following for their help and donations

Ladies Auxiliary
Monday Night Line Dancers
Greenfield Park Centennial Committee
(for donation to Volunteer Drivers)
Tuesday Night Crib League



Tina Chase of the Monday Night Line Dancers presenting President Lew Brown with a $300 cheque



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O me, O my! Another year has gone by already. Did I remember to renew my membership? I sure hope so because the last time I forgot they wouldn’t let me in the lounge. And I didn’t get my Legion magazine.

If you have forgotten to renew it’s not to late. You have until January 31st before your Legion privileges expire!


Andrea Main, Claudette Lapointe and Jack Gammon went to Ste. Anne's to deliver Christmas gifts to members now residing there. Each was presented with a bath robe. Vincent Lavoie, Syd Davies & Gerry (choo choo) MacKimmie are shown here holding their presents. Unfortunately the group were unable to see Don Duncan and Norah Lavoie and had to leave their gifts.

Also remembered this Christmas were two of our members now living in residences. Julia Shapcott delivered bathrobes to Fred Hallett and Gwen Cantwell. Nor did we forget Fred Dobson who for so many years did so much for the Branch 94. He will/has received an Arnold Palmer jacket to remind him he is still in our thoughts





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This edition of the Coverall is a copy of the printed version, which is initially posted at the branch and published by Bruce Robertson.

Minor changes may have been made in layout and format to allow for web publication in a timely manner.

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