Local Legion ready to celebrate 60 years

On March 16, the Legion will be holding a celebration to mark this milestone 60th anniversary

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 242, in Barriere,  has been serving area veterans and the surrounding community for 60 years.  On March 16, the Legion will be holding a celebration to mark this milestone 60th anniversary, and plans are well underway to make it an enjoyable event.  The Branch will have more information forthcoming in the newspaper, but in the meantime Legion members are advising folks to mark the date on their calendars for March 16.

Planning for a Legion in Barriere was started back in 1952 by returning veterans of World War II, they wanted their own local Branch, due to the fact that it was a long drive to Kamloops for the annual November 11 Remembrance Day services.  The drive to Kamloops back then took about two-and-a-half hours on a good day, but much longer on snow covered roads.

Holding a membership drive, the veterans signed up 43 members, and with the sponsorship of Branch 62, Kamloops, on February 3, 1953, they received their charter.

Then followed a lot of hard work and fundraising by the members and the community, some financial help from Manne Salle, and as a result land and unfinished buildings were purchased from Harry (Pappy) Yokum, for the site of the Barriere Legion.

The first president was Walter Clayton, and the secretary/treasurer was Len Sadlier-Brown.  The Legion bar was opened in 1955, with additions in 1962, and the last extension in 1981.

Current Branch members say, “We are still going strong.”

The Barriere Legion sponsors Hospice, Search and Rescue, the Fire Department, Cadets and Minor Ball, and most importantly, our veterans, both young and old.

The Branch’s Ladies Auxiliary also helps the Legion to continue servicing the surrounding community.

 

If you would like more information about the upcoming 60th anniversary, or would like to become a member of Branch 242 call Al Fortin at 250-672-2150.

 

 

Just Posted

RCMP report theft from industrial vehicle parked in Barriere

On Dec. 7, Barriere RCMP received a report of a theft from… Continue reading

It’s the last day to vote in B.C.’s referendum on electoral reform

Ballots must now be dropped off in person to meet the deadline of 4:30 p.m.

Barriere family airlifted to Vancouver due to carbon monoxide exposure

All members were in stable condition before being transported

Barriere man arrested on outstanding warrants

Kamloops and Barriere RCMP report they have been successful in locatingand arresting… Continue reading

Picket lines are up at Tolko’s Heffley Creek mill

Forestry workers from the Tolko plywood and venner plant in Heffley Creek… Continue reading

Lawyer for Chinese exec detained by Canada says it’s ‘inconceivable’ she would flee

Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of the U.S. during a layover at the Vancouver airport

Federal government plans examination of coerced sterilization

The Liberals have been pressed for a rapid response to recent reports on the sterilizations

Huitema, Cornelius named 2018 Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

Huitema was captain of Canada’s fourth-place team at this year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup

Canada not slowing emissions from oil and gas: environmental groups

New report released at the United Nations climate talks in Poland

Liberal Party moves Trudeau fundraiser from military base

The fundraiser is scheduled for Dec. 19, with tickets costing up to $400

Pipeline protesters arrested at B.C. university

Three protesters were arrested after TRU property allegedly vandalized with red paint

Goodale to ‘examine’ transfer of Rafferty to medium-security prison

Michael Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 in the kidnapping, sexual assault and first-degree murder of Tori Stafford

‘Abhorrent’ condition of autistic B.C. boy shows flaws in care system: report

‘Charlie’ was underweight and ‘covered in feces’ when he was removed from his mom’s care

Minister appoints former CIRB chair to resolve Canada Post labour dispute

Postal workers engaged in weeks of rotating walkouts

Most Read