PORT HAWKESBURY: On March 27, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 43 in Port Hawkesbury hosted a celebration of the contributions of over 100 students who participated in the annual Remembrance Day Poster and Literary Contest.
The contest is open to all Canadian School Children. Their participation helps the Royal Canadian Legion in its primary goal; the tradition of remembrance among all Canadians.
Branch 43 president Gary Burns presided over the official opening and closing of the evening’s activities. The special guest for the evening was District Commander Ted Martens who is a veteran of the Dutch Resistance during World War II and is still very active in legion activities.
The Stora 719 Air Cadet Squadron accompanied the Branch 43 Colour Party as they marched into the hall. The Air Cadet Squadron played the National Anthem to start activities and the Royal Anthem to close up the event.
The program was hosted by Poppy Chairman, Comrade Rod Corbett, with assistance from former Poppy Chairman Comrade John MacLeod Langley and Branch 43 public relations chairman, Comrade Kelly Conrad.
Judges for this year’s contest were Lorna McRury, Vivian Wright and Lloyd Edmond.
Branch 43 Poppy Appreciation Awards were presented to 113 students. First, second and third place contestants in the various categories were presented to 28 different students.
Four local students also were presented with Provincial/Territorial awards for the essays they submitted to the contest as follows: 1st Place Junior Essay, Timothy Richardson; 2nd Place Junior Essay Keira Campbell; 2nd Place Intermediate Essay Caleb Richardson; and 2nd Place Senior Essay Daniel Richardson.
Thanks were extended to parents, teachers, schools, contest judges, and Branch 43 volunteers for their continued support of the contest. The celebration continues to grow each year with almost 100 people in attendance, including more than 30 students.