It’s been an interesting week for the local Legion branch as they’ve dealt with both Legion Week and the National Day of Mourning following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
President of the Portage Legion Branch #65 Bob Oldford says they held remembrance at the cenotaph in downtown Portage along with two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. He notes it was an easy decision to pay their respects to the late Queen in this way.
“The Queen has been our sovereign for over 70 years,” explains Oldford. “It was a necessity, and not only a necessity, but an honour to remain for her service.”
He adds while planning this ceremony, the Legion still had their hands full with Legion Week, their annual week of celebration and games to bring attention to the branch.
“It's to kick off the fall season and get people aware of what's going on and get people to understand the Legion’s role within the city,” says Oldford. “We have been busy over the last several years, not only through COVID, but in trying to bring remembrance to those who have served and who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, and also to support those that are still here.”
The Legion still has several activities running throughout this week, leading to a party from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, September 23rd.
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***NOTE: A previous version of the story said the party was Saturday. It is Friday.