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

B.C. Interior free from measles

Vancouver measles outbreak hasn’t spread to the B.C. Interior

Skijoring gets your “giddyup” going in Clearwater

By Dawn McCormick The second annual Skijoring event took place at the… Continue reading

Veteran Welcome Program instigated by Legion

Members of the Barriere Legion Branch 242 recently announced that the Legion… Continue reading

Check out the banned books at the Barriere Library

Barriere Head Librarian, Pam Rudd, tells that this year is the 35th… Continue reading

Meet Alice at the upcoming Mad Hatter Tea Party

On Mar. 9, 2019, a certain young lady named Alice will be… Continue reading

Fashion Fridays: Must-have wardrobe basics

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Guards protest firing of fellow officers charged with assault at B.C. prison

Corrections officers demonstrated in Maple Ridge on Friday afternoon

National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline again

Next step includes cabinet voting on the controversial expansion

Skier dies at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Cause of death for young man has not been released

R. Kelly charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse

R&B star has been accused of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls for years

More sailings coming to 10 BC Ferries’ routes

Transportation Minister Claire Trevena said the sailings were originally cut in 2014

Cryptocurrency exchange CEO who suddenly died leaves Kelowna house in will

Gerald Cotten, holding the keys to money tied up in his virtual currency exchange, died in December.

Australian woman killed in avalanche at Whistler

The woman and her partner were reportedly rescued by ski patrol, but she did not survive

Trudeau tells Canadians to listen to clerk in SNC-Lavalin matter

Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick delivered a blunt assessment at the House of Commons justice

Most Read