They’ve started from scratch in building their fancy new digs on 3rd Avenue West two years ago, and now that it’s close to completion (including a room still in development that’s dedicated to games), the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 27 would like to invite residents of Prince Rupert to celebrate Legion Week, running from Sunday, June 22 until Saturday, June 28.
“It’s all across Canada and it’s in recognition of veterans of all wars … of those who fought in the war and of course those who lost their lives,” said branch president Dave Walker last week.
From Wednesday, June 25 until the following Sunday afternoon, the Legionnaires will be hosting an open house and serving coffee and doughnuts to people of all ages.
“It’s not licensed, so they can bring the kids in here and have a look around, the same as any museum,” said Walker.
On display are artifacts and memorabilia from the first and second world wars, as well as some from the Korean War and other conflicts that Canadian veterans took part in, including uniforms, model ships, medals of honour and souvenir shirts. Many books are available to be read in-house about Prince Rupert’s role in the wars.
In the near future, the legion hopes to get their working kitchen running to serve food at events down the road and host conferences in their new, carpeted sun-roofed back room.