Welcome To the Royal Canadian Legion
- Where it all began
- The Royal Canadian Legion was started in response to the needs of the veterans who returned from World War I. In 1925, different groups met to help the disabled, sick, aged and needy. These groups also wanted to have meeting places for veterans. The following year, the Canadian Legion was officially formed. The Legion became an advocate for improved pension legislation, returned soldiers insurance and help for those suffering from tuberculosis.
- In 1930, the passage of the war Veterans Allowance permitted financial assistance to thousands of men who were not eligible for disability pensions although they couldn’t work because of injuries received in the war.
- During World War II, the Legion provided canteens, entertainment, and reading material for the veterans at home and abroad. It also prepared for the return home of veterans overseas. The Legion provided financial compensation, clothing allowances, pensions, medical treatment, preference in the civil service, vocational training and other services to these veterans.
- To this day, the Legion continues to maintain a network of professionals helping veterans, ex-service members and their families to secure the pensions and benefits that they are entitled to.
- Today the Legion has more than 333,000 members. It is the largest community service organization in the country. The Legion contributes millions of dollars and voluntary hours to help Canadians, particularly seniors and youth.
- Most Canadians associate the Legion with ceremonies and activities for Remembrance Day. This day is dedicated to all those who died during the two World Wars and the Korean conflict. The most recognized activity is probably the sale of the poppy emblem. Members of the Legion and friends distribute the poppy emblems to raise funds for needy veterans, ex- service members, and their families.
- Every year on November 11, Remembrance Day, the Royal Canadian Legion holds memorial services in communities across Canada.
- The Legion is a non profit organization with more than 1,600 branches in Canada, 21 in the United States and 3 in Germany.
- The Byron-Springbank Legion received its charter in 1952. It has seen many changes in that time inside and out but has still managed to grow year by year. This is because of the commitment of our members and wonderful volunteers who have dedicated their precious time to make a legion we can be proud of.
- Today the Byron-Springbank Legion alone has over 600 members and 50 volunteers.
- Feel free to drop by and see what you can do for your legion and what your legion can do for you. We have dances, trivia nights, meat draws, activities, darts, snooker, food, free wi-fi...the list goes on.
- No matter what you choose to do, you will be surrounded by friendly people who enjoy being part of the Byron-Springbank community.