Legion honours Remembrance contest winners
Event helps keep remembrance alive
Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 06:00 am
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 271 held a special luncheon on Sunday to thank the entrants and winners of its annual youth poster and essay contest, an initiative that is held in conjunction with the poppy campaign.
Organizer and chair of the annual poppy campaign Frank Mostyn was pleased with the quality of the contributions, as well as the quantity.
“They do very good work. Most years, we get pretty good participation too. This year, we had I think 16 winners.”
The local winners then go on to a district level of competition.
According to the legion’s national website at www.legion.ca/youth/contests, the contest is a way of fostering remembrance which is one of its primary goals. “It’s a part of everything we do,” the site says.
“That’s the real purpose of it, I think,” Mostyn added. “It’s satisfying to us to see the younger generation participating.”
Every year, schoolchildren are invited to participate in the annual literary and poster contests which promote the National Remembrance Day Service and honours military heritage as well.
Entries are divided into grade levels: primary (1 to 3), junior (4 to 6), intermediate (7 to 9) and senior (10 to 12). The literary entries can either be poems or essays while posters can be entered as either black and white or colour. Those who win at the local level then proceed up to the larger regional level before moving on to the dominion (or national) level.
The countrywide winning entries for each of the four categories are displayed at the Canadian War Museum for 10 months starting on July 1 of each year. Winners of the poster contest, including those who take second place or receive an honourable mention, are also displayed in the foyer of the House of Commons during the annual Remembrance Day period each November.
Brianna Cruse received an honourable mention for her poster from the Dominion level. Shelly Cruse said that her daughter is thrilled that her work will receive such a display.
“It’s kind of exciting!”
The legion also sponsors a trip to Ottawa for the senior winners in the four contests (two poster, essay and poetry) to attend the national Remembrance Day service where they place a wreath on behalf of the youth of Canada. They also have an opportunity to meet and visit with the governor general.
Call the local legion at 780-458-3330 or visit 6 Taché Street for more details.