WELCOME TO THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BRANCH 375!
With the support of the federal government’s Canada Summer Job program, the Legion Br 375 employs a select few cadets to support our initiatives. One of their tasks is to work with the Branch Historian to identify and honour local soldiers. As of August 2022, we have identified nearly 2000. These heroes were our neighbours and walked paths which we now frequent.
To commemorate the 80th anniversary of Dieppe, we mapped where the eight local lads Killed in Action and one captured lived. We will be expanding this map to include all veterans and those who did not return home.
In 2017, we upgraded the North-West corner using the Canada 150 Program. It was jointly financed by the Federal government, the City of Richmond Hill and the Branch itself.
This year, the Ontario Trillium Foundation provided us with an $89,900 grant to upgrade the North-East corner of our parking lot. This would not have been possible without the support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund; our local MPP Daisy Wai; the Hon. Lisa MacLeod – Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries; Silverstone General Contracting; Sure-Seal Pavement; and Innocon Inc.
WHO ARE WE?
Your Local Branch 375 in Richmond Hill plays an active role in supporting our living Veterans from WWII and later, and remembering those that have passed on before. Our guiding Mission is to provide resources and advocate on behalf of Veterans and serving personnel who have protected our country and way of life, be it now or in the past.
A few of our notable community contributions throughout the year:
- Annual Poppy Campaign in which we raise funds towards aiding our Veterans
- Providing grants and bursaries for ex-service personnel (eg. sponsoring low-cost housing; wheelchairs, medical assistance equipment)
- Sponsoring Youth Programs such as the Air Cadets (8 Globemaster and 778 Banshee), Clubs, Scouts, Guides, etc.
- Visits to veterans and members in hospitals and nursing homes to provide comfort and entertainment
- Special dates of Remembrance
- Sunday before November 11th, Remembrance Parade & Service, on Yonge Street to the Cenotaph commencing at 10:30 a.m.
- November 11th, Remembrance Day, at the Cenotaph on Yonge Street commencing at 10:30 a.m.
In addition to these efforts, we host social events for our members and guests (eg. cards, karaoke, darts, billiards, shuffleboard, darts or simply connecting with friends.)
Today it is not necessary to be a Veteran of Canadian/Allied Force or a family member to join the Legion. Your membership goes a long way to helping those that need our help and the community we live in.
Contact the Legion or a member and ask how you can join or renew your membership.