Members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch # 81 Cape Tormentine visited with one of its long-time members in Port Elgin last week for the launch of the branch's new memorial calendar, which is currently for sale. Shown here at left, Branch # 81 president Sonny McCarron shares a moment with World War II veteran Roderick Johnson, at right. Johnson is one of 12 local veterans from the first and second world wars, the Korean War and peace-keeping initiatives, who are included in the memorial calendar. LEBLANC PHOTO
CAPE TORMENTINE, NB – One area legion is honouring local veterans with the production of a memorial calendar.
Branch # 81 of the Royal Canadian Legion recently launched the sale of calendars featuring photos and service histories of a number of area veterans.
“To further honour our veterans, we decided to put together a calendar for the year 2014. We had a committee set up and they chose 12 veterans from this area to have their histories and their pictures included in this calendar. We now have the calendars available for sale,” legion member Terry Murphy said last week.
The calendars are available at some local retail outlets, at the legion in Cape Tormentine and from some legion members; at a cost of $15 per calendar.
“Production costs were a bit high due to the number of large photos included in the calendar; but we’re hoping the community will be supportive with this initiative. We did a limited print of just 25o calendars and so far there’s been a lot of interest in them. They make great Christmas gifts, especially for the families of veterans,” he said.
The legion was fortunate to have the financial support of a number of local and regional businesses to assist with the production of the calendar.
Legion president Sonny McCarron noted that the idea for producing a veterans’ calendar was first mentioned late in 2012 and the membership began planning for it earlier this year.
“There are some other legion branches in the province that are also doing these types of calendars,” he said.
The photo committee looked at all of the veterans who are associated with the local communities, some who continue to live in the area today and those whose honours come posthumously.
“We went back to the First World War with Amos Reilly, through the Second World War with the living veterans that we have, including Rod Johnson, Austin Trenholm and Harold Lambe. Sadly, George Hutchison was also to have been one of our living veterans, but George passed away just two weeks ago,” McCarron said.
He added that in choosing which veterans would be included in the calendar, the legion also hoped to represent the several local communities served by Branch # 81 in Cape Tormentine.
“Veterans from World War I right through to the Korean War and peace-keeping missions in foreign countries are included; if this one is successful – and we think that it will be - we hope to include more veterans in another calendar next year,” he noted.
Each calendar page comprises a photo of the young veteran at the time of service and, where possible, more recent photos as well.
Veterans included in the 12-month, 2014 memorial calendar are:
World War I veteran Amos Reilly
World War II veterans: Rod Johnson, Harold Lambe, Austin Trenholm Burnett Trenholm, Guy Trenholm, Donald O. Trenholm, Vincent Smith, Louis Herring, Jean Grant, Korean War veteran George Hutchison and Canadian Services veteran Bud Allen, who also served as a peace-keeper in Cypress.
For more information or to purchase a calendar contact Sonny McCarron at 506-538-7681 or Terry Murphy at 506-538-7537 or check out the Branch # 81 Royal Canadian Legion Cape Tormentine Facebook page on the Internet.