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Carbonear Legion full of history

A Second World War-era gas mask on display.
A Second World War-era gas mask on display.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 23 in Carbonear is considering different strategies to remind the public of the vast amount of military history, information, and wartime relics that can be found at the branch.

An authentic recruitment poster.

“We’d like for people to come in and see what’s here, and if they have something to offer us, to share with us, we’re delighted,” says Remembrance chairwoman for the branch, Leslie Forward.

One of these strategies is the publication of a tourist brochure that the branch is currently working on. This brochure will highlight different relics and information that can be found at the Legion.

Forward expects that these brochures will be ready towards the end of April.

Another strategy is the commemorative poster banner project. The Branch currently has four commemorative banners that they plan on displaying on Water Street this summer.  Three additional banners have been ordered. 

“We’re hoping that come July 1, we’re going to have these all around town,” said Forward.

Wartime advertisements. The bulldog was often used to represent England (and English Prime Minister Winston Churchill) during the Second World War.
A soldier’s bayonet from the First World War.

“We’re inviting families, churches, services groups, businesses, anybody, to come on board with us, and donate a banner,” explained Forward.

The cost to donate a banner is around $200, with $10 of that purchase going towards the Military Family Resource Centre.

Military history on display

The Legion contains a number of donated artifacts from both World Wars, including a soldier’s bayonet, a gas mask, authentic war time recruitment posters, flags, and medals, as well as a number of plaques, awards, and photographs relating to the history of the Branch 23, the local 589 Air Cadets, and the town of Carbonear itself.

One of the commemorative banners the Legion hopes to display this summer. Pte. Josiah Squibb was the first solider from Carbonear killed in the First World War. He was killed at the Battle of Gallipoli at the age of 19.
Chunks of the Berlin Wall.

There are even small pieces of the Berlin Wall on display.

“We just like highlighting the memorabilia that we have here that a lot people might not know of,” said Forward

“Our role is remembrance. That’s what we’re here for.”

The Legion also hosts a military history challenge for high school students, as well as a school-age arts competition.

editor@cbncompass.ca

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