Royal Canadian Legion members and volunteers gathered at the new space on Oct. 25 to continue renovations. From left is veteran/volunteer David Hill

Royal Canadian Legion members and volunteers gathered at the new space on Oct. 25 to continue renovations. From left is veteran/volunteer David Hill

Prince Rupert Legion opening new location on Remembrance Day

After spending years meeting at various locations in Prince Rupert, the Royal Canadian Legion will soon have a space to call their own.

After spending years meeting at various locations around town, the Royal Canadian Legion No. 27 will soon have a space to call their own.

With remodelling currently underway, the club will be holding a gathering at the new building after the Remembrance Day ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 11.

The local legion has organized Remembrance Day ceremonies in the community for decades, with this year’s gathering starting in front of Safeway at 10:30 a.m. Veterans and members of the public will walk in a parade before mustering outside of the Court House at 11 a.m.

After the service on Remembrance Day, there will be a gathering at the new Legion building on Third Avenue West for adults.

The old building was shut down for financial reasons in 2005, and after a year of negotiations, the club purchased the Third Avenue space with funds remaining from the sale of the prior building.

Volunteers have been assisting with renovations every Thursday between seven and nine p.m. and on Sundays between one and four p.m. but the Legion still needs all the help it can get.

“Help us get our doors open quicker,” Marie Lewis, club secretary, said to potential volunteers.

The legion is planning to put a museum in the front corner of the building, and is asking for donations from the community. Donations can be brought down to the Legion on Thursday and Sunday, while volunteers and club members are doing renovations.

To generate revenue, the club will be selling memorabilia such as t-shirts and photos, and will also be running a kitchen for members.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 27 has served Prince Rupert since the 1920s, donating countless funds to various community groups with a focus on youth and veterans.

Potential volunteers or people wishing to donate items for the museum are encouraged to call the legion at 250-622-2917.