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Branch 94

205 Empire, Greenfield Park,
Québec, Canada
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450-466-0308
www.legion94.ca


 

Coverall July 2012

 

 

 

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For our second straight issue students from Centennial High are featured on our cover. This time however they are accompanied by a few of our veterans and some of our members. The occasion was the annual PEP awards. Photos of the presentation of certificates to participants are on the next page.

To some it may appear that we are doting a little too much on these kids. We don’t think so. After all these are the young men and women on whom the futures of our children, our grandchildren and ourselves will depend. These students, along with countless others like them across the country, have taken time to study our history, to write essays and poems and to create posters paying tribute to all those who have served this country in theatres of war and in peacekeeping missions throughout the world. These are the young people on whom we rely to absorb the lessons of history, to learn from the
successes and to correct the failures.

Thanks to the many advancements in communications, science, technology and almost every other field of endeavour they will inherit a world very different from the one we grew up in. They will face new and daunting challenges. We owe it to them to provide all the support we can.

The day before this visit to Centennial High 91 steaks were cooked at a Sunday Spring Fling at the branch. For a mere ten bucks members and their friends received a steak with all the trimmings, after which they were able to sit back to listen and/or dance to the musical stylings of Gerry Curotte, who incidentally will be back with us for our open house on July13th (See announcement on page 20) .


The first Saturday in May was an active one with a group watching the Kentucky Derby on the big screen in the lounge and the Friday Night Dart League banquet going on in the hall. (See Page 17)


Our annual golf tournament on June 1st went very well and was followed by a banquet back at the branch. Thanks to Roma Zakaib we have a few photos of the party which was well attended. (see Page 12).


Turnouts for the monthly Crib tournaments have been disappointing but showed signs of picking up at the June event.
The Ladies Auxiliary held a Flea Market in June and it turned out to be a great success as reported by the L.A. on page 8.


Frequently one will find unscheduled happenings at the branch. In the last quarter there were a couple of birthday surprises (Page 20) along with a quickly planned tea party in honour of the Queen’s 60th anniversary. An occasional visit to the branch check the bulletin boards or a visit to our website to check the calendar for the latest updates will lessen the chance of missing some of the fun. We would recommend dropping in for a coffee on a Friday morning (See Page 13)

 


 


Readers Digest facts about Canada


We Launched a Secret Project To Build an Aircraft Carrier Made From Ice


Patricia Lake, just a 10-minutes outside of Jasper AB, was the site of 'Operation Habbakuk' a bizarre top-secret WWII military experiment. The 1943 mission was to build a 1- to-50-scale prototype of an aircraft carrier using ice and sawdust. The site is now marked by a roadside plaque and submerged monument.


One of Our Prime Ministers Used a Crystal Ball


William Lyon Mackenzie King (he’s the one on Canada’s $50 bill) also tried to get advice from his dead mother at séances he held in his home. You can still see his crystal ball in the library of Laurier House in Ottawa– now a National Historic Site


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First I want to thank our members for allowing me to represent them at the 44th Dominion Convention. It proved to be a rewarding experience. There was a lot more pomp and ceremony than we see at our Provincial conventions.

There was a very good turn out from across the country (approximately 1400) and from a few places such as England and the USA. The representation from Quebec was small - about 26 - but we all tried to do our part in representing our Branches.

The opening parade was very well done. Many Legions took part. With a variety of flags waving and bands playing the people of Halifax showed their appreciation by applauding and waving as we passed. The cadet corps in dress uniforms marched smartly, probably better than some of us, Ha ha,! After the parade the cadets paid tribute to the fallen and this Remembrance too was extremely well done.

The opening ceremony for the convention was very nice. School children from the area inscribed the names off the fallen on red paper poppies, cut them out and dropped them from the rafters as the last post and lament were played, very touching.

Many dignitaries spoke. For example James Whitham (Director General Canadian War Museum), Guy Parent (Veterans Ombudsman), Dominique Boulais (Deputy Secretary General Commonwealth War Graves Commission), Ray Kokkonen (National President Canadian Peacekeeping Veterans Association), Tim Laidler and Dr Marvin Westwood (Veterans Transition Program), Michael Maidment (Federal Government Relations Liaison Officer Salvation Army), Peter Nawrot (The Polish Veterans Association), George Beaulieu( First Vice President (Army Navy Air Force Veterans of Canada), General Walt Natynczk (chief of the Defence Staff), Tim Hoban (Immediate Past President RCMP Veterans Association), Charles Keliher (Bureau of Pension Advocates), Ron Griffis (National President Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping), Scott Briand (NS/NU Command Pilgrim), Brian Watkins (Canada) (RCESL), Captain Douglas Himmelman (The Company of Master Mariners of Canada.), all made speechesFirst I want to thank our members for allowing me to represent them at the 44th Dominion Convention. It proved to be a rewarding experience. There was a lot more pomp and ceremony than we see at our Provincial conventions.

There was a very good turn out from across the country (approximately 1400) and from a few places such as England and the USA. The representation from Quebec was small - about 26 - but we all tried to do our part in representing our Branches.

The opening parade was very well done. Many Legions took part. With a variety of flags waving and bands playing the people of Halifax showed their appreciation by applauding and waving as we passed. The cadet corps in dress uniforms marched smartly, probably better than some of us, Ha ha,! After the parade the cadets paid tribute to the fallen and this Remembrance too was extremely well done.

The opening ceremony for the convention was very nice. School children from the area inscribed the names off the fallen on red paper poppies, cut them out and dropped them from the rafters as the last post and lament were played, very touching.

Many dignitaries spoke. For example James Whitham (Director General Canadian War Museum), Guy Parent (Veterans Ombudsman), Dominique Boulais (Deputy Secretary General Commonwealth War Graves Commission), Ray Kokkonen (National President Canadian Peacekeeping Veterans Association), Tim Laidler and Dr Marvin Westwood (Veterans Transition Program), Michael Maidment (Federal Government Relations Liaison Officer Salvation Army), Peter Nawrot (The Polish Veterans Association), George Beaulieu( First Vice President (Army Navy Air Force Veterans of Canada), General Walt Natynczk (chief of the Defence Staff), Tim Hoban (Immediate Past President RCMP Veterans Association), Charles Keliher (Bureau of Pension Advocates), Ron Griffis (National President Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping), Scott Briand (NS/NU Command Pilgrim), Brian Watkins (Canada) (RCESL), Captain Douglas Himmelman (The Company of Master Mariners of Canada.), all made speeches

Officers elected for the coming term were:

DOMINION PRESIDENT
- Gord Moore (Ont.)
DOMINION FIRST VICE
- Tom Eagles (N.B.)
DOMINION VICE PRESIDENTS
- Peter Piper, Ed Pigeau, Flanagan
DOMINION TREASURER
- Mike Cook
DOMINION CHAIRMAN
- Tom Irvine

In terms of policy no major decisions were made. There were a few minor
changes relating to the by-laws and poppies.


Summer months are here and so far the temperature has been excellent.
Let’s enjoy this short period of the year with our families and friends.
The ladies auxiliaries have hosted several events over the past months and we would be pleased to continue to do so by catering your various activities. Please do not hesitate to call on us.


Thank you for your support


Francine Cantwell,
President, ladies auxiliary


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D'abord, je tiens à remercier nos membres pour m'avoir permis de les représenter à la 44e convention du Dominion. L’expérience a été enrichissante. Il y avait beaucoup plus de faste et de cérémonial que ce que nous sommes habitués lors de nos conventions provinciales.


Il y avait un nombre important de représentants de partout à travers le Canada (environ 1400) et nous notions aussi la présence de membres venant de quelques autres endroits, tels l'Angleterre et les États-Unis. La représentation du Québec était faible - environ 26 - mais nous avons tous essayé de faire notre part pour bien représenter nos filiales.


Le défilé d’ouverture a été très bien orchestré. Plusieurs légions y ont pris part. Avec une variété de drapeaux qui flottaient et des corps de musiciens, les gens d’Halifax démontraient leur satisfaction en applaudissant lors de notre passage. Les corps de cadets en uniformes de cérémonie marchaient bien, sans doute mieux que certains d’entre nous Ha Ha !! Après la parade, les cadets ont rendu hommage aux morts et cette cérémonie a aussi été extrêmement bien faite.


Les cérémonies d’ouverture de la convention étaient bien. Des écoliers des environs inscrivirent les noms des morts sur des coquelicots coupés, faits de papier rouge, et les laissèrent tomber des poutres lorsque la sonnerie aux morts et les lamentations jouèrent.... très touchant.


Plusieurs dignitaires s’adressèrent aux personnes présentes dont : James Whitham, directeur général du musée canadien de la guerre, Guy Parent, ombudsman pour les vétérans, Dominique Boulais, secrétaire général adjoint de la Commission des monuments de guerre du Commonwealth, Ray Kokkonen, président national de l’Association canadienne des vétérans de guerre, Tim Laidler and Dr Marvin Westwood, Programme de transition pour les vétérans, Michael Maidment, Officier de liaison pour le gouvernement fédéral – Armée du salut, Peter Nawrot, Association des vétérans polonais, George Beaulieu, Premier-viceprésident des vétérans du Canada pour l’armée, la marine et l’aviation, Général Walt Natynczk, chef d’état major de la défense, Tim Hoban, président sortant de l’Association des vétérans de la police montée, Charles Keliher, Bureau des défenseurs des pensions, Ron Griffis, président national, Association canadienne des vétérans et des forces de maintien de la paix des Nations Unis, Scott Briand, NS/NU Pilgrim Command, Brian Watkins (Canada) (RCESL), Capitaine Douglas Himmelman, Master Mariners of Canada.


Ci-dessous les officiers élus pour le prochain terme :

 

Président du Dominion
- Gord Moore (Ont.)
Premier vice-président
- Tom Eagles (N.B.)
Vice-présidents Dominion
- Peter Piper, Ed Pigeau, Flanagan
Trésorier du Dominion
- Mike Cook
Président
- Tom Irvine

 

Pour ce qui est des politiques, aucune décision important ne fut prise sinon quelques changements mineurs concernant les règlements et les coquelicots.


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On April 23rd several veterans and Branch 94 members accompanied me to Centennial High School for the presentation of the PEP awards. In total 21 participation certificates, Provincial Command certificates and medals, and a couple of special certificates were awarded.

Secretary Andrea Main acting on behalf of the Poppy Committee presented Judith Elson with a ‘Certificate of Appreciation for her efforts over the last 10 years encouraging students to participate in the P.E.P. Contest.

And I had the pleasure of surprising our President Lew Brown by presenting him with a certificate of appreciation we had received from Provincial Command for our efforts in promoting this program.

President Lew Brown receiving the
certificate from Comrade Jack Gammon
The Certificate

Following the presentations President Lew Brown gave a short speech in which he stressed the “Importance of Participation” and Past President Bruce Robertson presented Winners with copies of our “Coverall” where they were featured on the cover.

President Lew Brown, Secretary Andrea Main and I visited Ste. Anne’s Veterans Hospital in May to present a cheque for $7,500.00. The money was to be used to purchase a Special Podiatric Chair to make it easier for Veterans needing special treatment on their legs and feet.

 


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While we were there we became the first Legion to receive a Special Plaque because our branch was the first one to become part of their “Be the One” program and first to donate over $5,000.00 to the Foundation this year.

As Chairman of the Poppy Trust Fund Committee it was with deep regret that I accepted Comrade Shirley Miller’s resignation From the committee. She was both a member and the Treasurer. She will greatly be missed for her hard work and dedication making sure we had enough members to sell Poppies at 6 locations as well being the Treasurer.

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Comrade Donna Demick who has graciously consented to be the Treasurer for the Poppy Trust Fund Committee.

We will be making some changes in the way the Poppy Campaign will function. To do this we will be looking for new volunteers to make sure our Poppy Campaign will continue to be successful.

Shirley Miller with Poppy Chairman Jack Gammon accepting the applause of her peers for a job well done.

L’été est arrivée et la température est excellent jusqu’à ce jour.
Profitons de cette courte période de l’année avec notre famille et nos amis.
Les dames auxiliaires ont offert le service de traiteur à plusieurs reprises durant les derniers mois et il nous fera plaisir de vous servir à nouveau pour vos différentes occasions.
Veuillez ne pas hésiter de communiquer avec nous.


Merci pour votre support.
Francine Cantwell
Présidente, dames auxiliaires

 


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MEMBERSHIP

The executive and members would like to welcome aboard Patricia Anderson initiated in May and Robin Dalton initiated in June. Thank you for joining the Ladies Auxiliary. Any question concerning membership in the Ladies Auxiliary please contact Julia Shapcott 450-466-9361.

BINGO MAY 2ND

Every year on the first Wednesday in May the Greenfield Park Girl Guides sponsor a walk proceeds of which are donated to Breast Cancer Action Montreal – an organization that is involved in preventive programs. We believe it is important for us to join with the young ladies in our community to raise money for this program. This event always coincides with the L.A. Bingo and proceeds from the Bingo are donated to B.C.A.M. This year we were able to raise $825.00 – combination of the Bingo profit and private donations. Our cheque was presented to Andrea Strom Rancourt representing B.C.A.M. at our June 20th General Meeting. To the ladies who walked with the girls and the ladies who ran the Bingo congratulations on a job well done.
Francine Cantwell presenting Breast Cancer Action representative Andrea Strom-Rancourt with a cheque for $825.00—profit from our May2nd Bingo and private donations

RAFFLE MAY 18TH

Each year the L.A. hold a raffle proceeds of which are used to help defray the cost of the Veteran’s Picnic at Ste-Anne’s in August. This year we realized a profit of $1028.00. Prize winners as follows:

1st Prize
Andrea Main
$100.00 Champlain Mall Gift Card
2nd Prize
Rejeanne Gieulmain
$50.00 SAQ Gift Card
3rd Prize
Sheila Adams
Wheelbarrow planter
4th Prize
Ray Bannister
Blue Lavande Gift Box

I would like to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to George Levesque for his donation of the wheelbarrow planter and Ann Broden for her donation of the Blue Lavande Gift Box.

The success of this event was due in large part to Monique Lebel who did a stellar job selling tickets for this raffle. Thanks also to Doreen Langstaff and Bruce Robertson for coming on board and selling tickets for us. Last but not least a great big thank you to all the Legion members who unfailingly support us in all our endeavours.


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LADIES AUXILIARY

FLEA MARKET – JUNE 2ND

This year we tried something different and held our spring Flea Market in June. Turned out it was a great idea. Profit realized from this Flea Market was $1,216.20. I would like to thank Ted and Joan Hemming for cooking the breakfast, Pat Whyte again for his fabulous baked beans, Patricia Dupus for donating a painting for our raffle, Patricia Anderson, Suzanne St. Martin, Celina Windsor for the cakes for the Cake Walk, everyone who donated baked goods, items for the L.A. table the people who carried up all the items, helped us put away after the event, all ladies of the Auxiliary who worked so hard to make this event a success and especially all the members of Branch 94 who came out and supported us.

PICNIC AT STE. ANNE’S – SATURDAY AUGUST 4TH

On August 4th we will be making our annual visit to Ste-Anne’s Hospital for the picnic. As usual we will be roviding food, entertainment, gifts and lots of smiles for the veterans. The bus will leave the Branch at 10:00 a.m. returning at 3:00 p.m. The bus only holds 21 people. If you wish to participate in this event please call Francine Cantwell at 450-465-7644.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday
September 5
Bingo
Wednesday
September 19
L.A. General Meeting

 

1960 Hits Renamed

Some of the artists of the 60's are revising their hits with new lyrics to accommodate aging baby boomers who can remember doing the "Limbo" as if it were yesterday.

Bobby Darin ---
Splish, Splash, I Was Havin' A Flash

Herman's Hermits ---
Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Walker

Ringo Starr ---
I Get By With A Little Help From Depends

The Bee Gees ---
How Can You Mend A Broken Hip?

Roberta Flack---
The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face

Johnny Nash ---
I Can't See Clearly Now

Paul Simon---
Fifty Ways To Lose Your Liver

The Commodores ---
Once, Twice, Three Times To The Bathroom

Procol Harem---
A Whiter Shade Of Hair

Leo Sayer ---
You Make Me Feel Like Napping

The Temptations ---
Papa's Got A Kidney Stone

Abba---
Denture Queen

Tony Orlando ---
Knock 3 Times On The Ceiling If You Hear Me Fall

Helen Reddy ---
I Am Woman; Hear Me Snore

Leslie Gore---
It's My Procedure, and I'll Cry If I Want To

And Last, but NOT least: Willie Nelson ---
On the Commode Again

this is so cool...try it

ALZHEIMERS' EYE TEST

Count every "F" in the following text:

FINISHED FILES ARE THE RESULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTIFIC STUDY COMBINED WITH THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS...

O.K.Think you’ve got em all?

Turn to Page 18 to find out

 


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This article is included not so much for the truths it contains but because it triggered so many great memories - taking blue ration tokens with the hole in the middle to the corner grocer to get a pound of butter for mom, or going to the general store on the other corner where for a nickel you could browse the candy counter and fill a small brown bag full of goodies or pick up a couple of Mel-o-rolls and a bottle of spruce beer so Dad could make ice-cream sodas on a hot sticky summer night, the six block trek to elementary school and the adventures/troubles we got into along the way, and the many, many other things that came to mind. Hopefully it will do the same for you.

Being GREEN

In line at the store the older woman was told by the cashier that she should bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags were not good for the environment. The woman apologized and explained that back in her day they didn’t have the “Green Thing”.

The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. The former generation didn’t care enough to save the environment.” The clerk was right E.. That generation didn’t have the “Green Thing” in its day.

Back then, milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles were retuned to the store. The store sent them to the plant to be washed, sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But the clerk was right the “Green Thing” didn’t exist back then.

Grocery stores bagged groceries in brown paper bags that were reused for numerous things. Besides being used as garbage bags they were cut and shaped to cover school books to ensure that public property (the books were provided by the schools) were not defaced by scribblings. The brown bags enabled students to personalize their books and return them in good shape at year end.

But too bad, the “Green Thing” didn’t exist then.

People walked up stairs because there wasn’t an escalator in every store and building. They walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepowered machine to go two blocks.

But the clerk was right the “Green Thing” didn’t exist back then.

Back then baby diapers were washed because the throwaway kind didn’t exist. Cloths were dried on a line outdoors, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry the cloths. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers and sisters, not always brand new clothing.

But the clerk was right the “Green Thing” didn’t exist back then.

Back then, there was one TV and one radio in the house—not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them), not a screen the size of a football field. In the kitchen food was blended and stirred by hand because electric machines that did everything didn’t exist. When a fragile item was packed for the mail, wadded up old newspapers were used to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then no one fired up an engine and burned gasoline just to cut the lawn they used push mowers that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills powered by electricity.

But the clerk was right the “Green Thing” didn’t exist back then.

When thirsty, people drank from a fountain instead of using a plastic bottle or cup every time they wanted water. Pens were refilled with ink instead of buying new ones and razor blades were replaced instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But the clerk was right The “Green Thing” didn’t exist back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. There was one electrical outlet in each room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And a computerized gadget wasn’t needed to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

But isn’t it sad the current generation Laments how wasteful older folk were just because they didn’t have the “Green Thing”back then?

 


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The Greenfield Park Coffee Club

A year ago we told you that there was something new at Branch 94 and welcomed to our midst the Friday morning coffee club. What had started out as a couple of guys having coffee at a small coffee shop on Victoria had grown to a point where the coffee shop could no longer accommodate either the number or the volume because these guys ruminated on everything from the latest developments on the world stage to happenings in The Park. There was also a problem finding parking space for a growing number of vehicles so they decided to look for another place.


They approached the Legion and a solution was found. Since moving into our lounge on Friday mornings the group has continued to grow and now meet every Friday instead of every second Friday. It is not uncommon for 25 or more to show up. As seen in the photos there are now ladies in the group. In fact one of the members expressed the hope that eventually enough ladies will join so that two discussion groups will be active at the same time - the ladies in one corner and the men In another.


The group maintains an open Facebook page which they say is for current and former residents meet to reconnect, find out how the former sports teams are doing, post pictures of current events and just enjoy. Each week you will find a posting something like the following:


This is an Official Black Gold and Texas Tea Invitation Yes the doors will open at the Greenfield Park Legion 11:00am Friday the 22nd of June So all me Mates RRRRRrrrr You ready to Join Captain Jim for your favorite Libation on this beautiful... Sunny day with lots a wind in our sails and a tall tale or two to peak your interest and something Cool to Wet Your Whistle


Not only have they helped prove, if proof was needed, that the legion is a viable and energetic part of the community, they are becoming active members. Since last summer we have initiated 9 of their members with 6 more about to join. In a classic case of putting the cart before the horse one of their members who has for several years worked on the Poppy campaign was filing his application on the morning I visited. One of the group - Don Ridewood - in one year after becoming a member himself has recruited 14 members.


Friday mornings at 11:00 have really become a fun time at the Legion - you need only to show up, buy a coffee and simply eavesdrop on the various topics being discussed to discover that this really is a great group - open and welcoming. So, why wait, come on down one Friday morning and see for yourself.


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Mail Online: Tuesday, Jun 26 2012


The new Battle of Burma: Find 20 buried Spitfires and make them fly


• Historic planes buried in Second World War are to be shipped back to Britain after their mystery locations were discovered
• War leaders did not want them to fall into foreign hands when they demobilised in 1945
• Hidden in crates at a depth of 4ft to 6ft the RAF then forgot where they were


By Kirsty Walker


PUBLISHED: 23:17 GMT, 13 April 2012 | UPDATED: 10:17 GMT, 14 April 2012


Twenty brand-new RAF Spitfires could soon reach for the sky following a deal reached with Burma yesterday.

Experts believe they have discovered the locations of around 20 of the Second World War fighters buried at airfields around the country.

David Cameron has secured an agreement that they will be returned to Britain.

Historians say the Spitfires were shipped out to Burma in the summer of 1945, two weeks before atomic bombs were dropped on Japan which brought the war to a sudden end.

The British campaign to push the Japanese out of Burma was the longest and bloodiest of the war, beginning after the Japanese invaded in late 1941

Spitfires helped to support the Chindit special forces on the ground – and proved a huge boost to morale. They played a crucial role in defeating the enemy and covering the subsequent Allied advance through Burma, protecting the ground troops and providing vital supplies.

But the Mark II Spitfires in the secret haul never saw action. Earl Mountbatten issued an order for them to be hidden in 1945 to prevent foreign forces from getting their hands on them as the British army demobilised. The aircraft, straight from the production line, were buried in crates at a depth of 4ft to 6ft to preserve them.

Their whereabouts became lost after the RAF struck off their locations from their records.

But aviation enthusiasts, aided by experts from the Universityof Leeds and a Second World War veteran who witnessed their burial, believe they have now discovered their locations using ground penetrating radar technology.

Downing Street said the Government wants to unearth the aircraft and restore them to their former glory.

The condition of the cargo boxes and aircraft, whose wingsand body are buried separately, is unknown. But experts are hopeful that they are well preserved.


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A Downing Street source said that Mr Cameron had secured an agreement from the Burmese president to help Britain excavate the aircraft in a joint heritage project.

The Spitfire is arguably the most important plane in the history of aviation, playing a crucial role in the Second World War.

‘It is hoped this will be an opportunity to work with the reforming Burmese government to uncover, restore and display these fighter planes and get them gracing the skies of Britain once again,’ they said.


A FORMIDABLE FIGHTER

The Spitfire was built in greater numbers than any other British aircraft and was the only fighter which remained in production throughout the war.

• In all, 20,351 were produced for the RAF during the Second World War, in 24 different versions, at a cost of around £12,600 each.
• Of these, only 35 to 40 are now left in operation anywhere in the world.
• Experts say those found in Burma would be worth at least £1million each to collectors nowadays, such is the rarity of the much-loved aircraft.

The Spitfire Mk II's were buried at airfields across Burma and a new deal could see them back in Britain

 

Spitfire pilots trudge through the mud at an advanced airbase in Burma after returning from sorties against the Japanese


In an effort to see if there were any further developments on this story I typed “Spitfires buried in Burma” into my search engine. The results provided many leads but basically it was the same story around the same date by most of the major British newspapers along with Fox. In many of the items there were many leads to other stories on the spitfires and WWII.

 


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There is little to report this quarter. Membership now stands at 455 and as mentioned elsewhere in this issue is growing thanks mainly to the Greenfield Park Friday Morning Coffee Club whose members are not only joining, they are recruiting.

Unfortunately we keep getting reports of former branch members passing on. In these last few months final respects were paid Veteran Hilaire Leblanc who was a member until 2010, to Frank Reid who was very active in the Park and supported the branch and Marion (Ma) Mains who had moved to Guelph and was a member of the L.A. there. Marion was a member of our branch for many years. She was President of our Ladies Auxiliary and nineteen years ago was the first person to work on our senior lunches.

Marion Mains

July 1st. Is moving day for many. If you are among those making a switch there is much to do, including “Change of Address” notifications. Please don’t forget us—we’d like to keep you posted on all that’s happening in the branch.

Andre Leduc being initiated by
Francine Cantwell at our May 23rd
General Meeting.
Initiated at the June General Meeting were from left to
right James Hynes, James Bird, Gail French and
Steve Hynesre .

 

JOHN LORNE DEVLIN

ROBERT (BOB) MARTINEAU

ROBERT SHEWAN

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

ROBERT (BOB) MARTINEAU
JOHN LORNE DEVLIN
HELEN McCARTHY
ROBERT SHEWAN

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FRIDAY NIGHT DART LEAGUE WRAPS UP 2011/12 SEASON WITH AWARDS BANQUET

 

 


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HOW MANY ?
WRONG, THERE ARE 6 --
no joke.
READ IT AGAIN !
Really, go Back and Try to find the
6 F's before looking at bottom of
page 19.
For LEGION LEAGUE
Monday Nights at 7
Starting Labour Day
September 3rd
at Champion Lanes
For information
Call Bruce Robertson
450-671-1108

 

International Picture of the Year.

Here are three very touching photos honoured this year.

First Place :

Todd Heisler, The Rocky Mountain News

When 2nd Lt. James Cathey's body arrived at the Reno Airport, Marines climbed into the cargo hold of the plane and draped the flag over his casket as passengers watched the family gather on the tarmac. During the arrival of another Marine's casket last year at Denver International Airport, Major Steve Beck described the scene as so powerful: 'See the people in the windows? They sat right there in the plane, watching those Marines. You gotta wonder what's going through their minds, knowing that they're on the plane that brought him home,' he said. 'They will remember being on that plane for the rest of their lives. They're going to remember bringing that Marine home. And they should.'

 

Second Place

Todd Heisler, The Rocky Mountain News

The night before the burial of her husband's body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of 'Cat,' and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. 'I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it,' she said. 'I think that's what he would have wanted'

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And the one that really tightens MY throat:
3rd Place – “Son, a grateful Nation……..”

 

 

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you:
1. Jesus Christ
2. The American G.. I. and the Canadian Soldier
One died for your soul, the others for your freedom.
YOU MIGHT WANT TO PASS THIS ON, AS MANY SEEM TO FORGET BOTH OF THEM.

 


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Bits and Pieces from Here and There

The last issue of the Coverall was the first to have the cover printed in colour. It was special in that it honoured students from Centennial High School for their efforts in the Legion’s PEP (Poetry, Essay and Poster) contest, and we wanted it to be exceptional. Thanks to Rick Cannon of Copie Express at University and De Maissoneuve in Montreal we were able to do this and stay within our budget. Rick has been helping us out for many years now by giving us a price break on the publication of the Coverall. He is a true friend of our Legion.

In the April 14th, 2012 edition of the late lamented Greenfield Park Blog John Riley reported that he found a couple of interesting items when reading the 1930 council minutes. One of them was that from July 1 to Sept. 1 Patenaude Park (now Pierre Laporte Park) was used almost every weekend by the Dominion Day Fete Committee and the Ex-Service Men’s Club (the precursor of the Canadian Legion). The minutes mention both groups were allowed to use the wooden stalls that had be constructed as well as the dance floor.

The L.A, BINGO on May 2nd realized a profit of $811.00. The Ladies Auxiliary added a few dollars and made a cheque payable to BREAST CANCER ACTION MONTREAL for $825.00.

Never know what’s likely to happen at the branch on any given day. Jean Harrison expressed the thought that being a Legion branch we should not let the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee pass without a hint of recognition whereupon she promptly organized something and a day or so later - June 6th, to be precise - members gathered in the lounge to celebrate the occasion. They munched on sandwiches, ate scones with cream and strawberries and drank tea out of fine china cups brought in for the occasion. The afternoon concluded with a toast to the queen and the singing of God Save the Queen. Thanks to Jean and the ladies who helped her prepare and serve the goodies.

 

When Art Holden entered the lounge on Thursday May 17th he was surprised to find it much more crowded than is normal at mid afternoon. He was greeted by many comrades and friends gathered to help him celebrate his ninetieth birthday. There were sandwiches, a large cake decorated specially for the occasion and the lounge remained in full party mode for several hours. A fitting tribute to a man who has devoted many hours to the Legion and his community.

 

And another of our stalwarts receives a birthday surprise. Shirley Miller is feted by her riends in the lounge.


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On May 26th our President Lew Brown attended the final parade of the 1979 Centennial Cadet Corps and presented the Legion Medal for Excellence

At the June General meeting Ted Hemming acting on behalf of the senior lunch group presented a cheque for $2,390.00 to branch president Lew Brown. This brought the total for the year to $4,390.00. During the year 1,390 lunches were served and seniors attending the lunches took home 696 bowls of soup. A well deserved round of applause for Ted and his team followed the presentation

For all of us there comes a time to step back; to renew or refresh ourselves; find a new direction or just relax. Shirley Miller who serves in many capacities for both the Legion and the L.A. and has for many years devoted many hours to the poppy campaigns, recruiting canvassers, scheduling the teams to man the tables in various locations and being there at the end of each day to collect and organize the boxes for the next one, has made such a decision. She has decided to relinquish her position on the Poppy Trust Fund. Shirley has worked diligently on poppy campaigns for many years and will be missed. She has served our branch well. Thank You very much Shirley! Oh yeah!, she has already found something else to do! She was recently spotted sitting on our entrance path helping Naomi weed the flower beds. .

 


SELLING MY STUFF IF I DIE
The older you are and the longer you’ve been married the funnier this is

One lazy Sunday morning the wife and I were quiet and thoughtful, sitting around the breakfast table when I said to her unexpectedly, “When I die I want you to sell my stuff
immediately.”

Now why would you want me to do something like that?”, she asked.

“I figure a woman as fine as yourself would eventually remarry and I don’t want some other idiot using my stuff.”

She looked at me intently and said, “What makes you think I’d marry another idiot?”


And on that note we sign off.
HAVE A GOOD SUMMER !
IF YOU ARE IN TOWN COME ON DOWN AND JOIN US
ENJOY OUR DECK, ENJOY OUR COMPANY
WE’LL ENJOY YOURS!!

 


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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 have been made in layout and format to allow for web publication.

  
 
   
   
   
   
   
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