A colour party from the Cloverdale Legion marched over to Hawthorne Square on 176 Street Tuesday morning for a special ceremony.
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 6 Ladies’ Auxiliary presented the City of Surrey with a large, flower-filled planter in recognition of the legion’s 85th anniversary.
Coun. Linda Hepner was on hand to thank the auxiliary for the commemorative gift – and to express gratitude on behalf of council for 85 years of service to the community.
“I know how important the Legion is and the Ladies Auxiliary organization is to the community,” Hepner said, pointing to her own long-standing involvement with the Royal Canadian Legion in her home province of New Brunswick and status as the daughter of a veteran.
“You’re a great asset to the community,” she said. “I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you’ve done.”
The Ladies’ Auxiliary has been around just as long as the Legion – 85 years. Both groups raise funds for the community, distributing thousands of dollars each year.
Cloverdale Legion Branch 6 second vice president Earl Fraser also spoke from the heart, describing how the auxiliary came to the branch’s financial assistance during a particularly lean year during his tenure as president.
“As past president, I recall with immense pride when the ladies gave me a cheque for $20,000 to assist the branch during one of my years as your president. Ladies, without you, I’m not sure the Cloverdale Legion would still be here,” he said, eliciting a spontaneous round of cheers from the male members of the colour party gathered in the square.
“Hip, hip, hooray!” They cheered.
The Cloverdale Legion hosts an open house Saturday, June 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.