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Calendar promotes remembrance 12 months of the year

Posted: November 14, 2017

Calendar promotes remembrance
12 months of the year

 Machej and Fanshaw show off this year's calendar in front of the
Legion's Wall of Honour and Remembrance

There's more going on at Royal Canadian Legion #215 than you might think, whether it's a Johnny and June or AC/DC tribute, or darts on Thursday nights, there's a lot going on.

It's November, so much work goes into Remembrance Day and the service that was held next door at Eastview Church and the gathering afterwards at the Legion.
But beyond all that, there's the 2018 edition of the Wall of Honour and Remembrance calendars that are for sale now for $20 each.  Sure, it's a fundraiser for the wall, but President Gord Machej wants everyone to know it's so much more than that.
"We're not really selling calendars.  What we're selling is the promotion of remembrance of the sacrifice of veterans.  That's what we're selling," Machej says.
"That's the focus ... it's not a $20 calendar."
Nicole Fanshaw, co-owner of Lee's on DeVries with partner Lee Finch, the restaurant in the Henderson Legion, came up with the idea for the calendars, with a little help from her mom.  She said the calendars feature veterans and shed some light on the men and women who've served our country.
"It was kind of cool to go back and see all of their stories," Fanshaw said.
"And their stories are pretty incredible."
She agrees with Machej that more focus needs to be on what the veterans did for their country.
Machej would like to see folks pay more attention to that sacrifice; not just on Nov. 11 and not just in the weeks leading up to that day.  The calendar, which features the stories of 12 veterans, will help promote that year-round recognition, but he'd also like to see people come into the Legion more often.  In East St. Paul, he said, the Legion is the major social gathering place.
"A lot of people still don't understand Legions, they think they're only for veterans," Machej said.
You don't have to have a membership to come in, anyone is welcome, and there's no need to sign in.
However, if you want to buy a membership and further support the Legion, memberships are $5 off until the end of November.


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