Veterans Dinner hosted by Royal Canadian Legion Chatham Branch 3

The Royal Canadian Legion (RCL) Chatham Branch 3 hosted a Veterans Dinner on Sunday November 4th. The event was well attended with everyone enjoying a wonderful social evening.

There were many aspects to the meeting beside the delicious turkey dinner. Rev. Charlene Maguire MacKnight blessed the meal, MLA Conroy thanked veterans for their service and Treasurer Comrade Rene Smith provided an update on finances and coordinated the door prizes, President Ted Quann, and District Commander Stella Ward both extended thanks and greeting. The Master of Ceremonies was Comrade George Springer.

Students Acknowledged.
In attendance was two students who received the Royal Canadian Legion150 Anniversary medal. Other students received their medal in a ceremony hosted early. This evening presentation completes the presentation to all students who were selected. The medal was struck by The Royal Canadian Legion and is a limited-edition medal to commemorate Canada’s 150 Anniversary. The students were selected for their contribution to their school, their community or the legion. The selection was done in their last school term James M. Hill High School was Madelyn McNeil and from Napan Elementary School was Caden Buckley. Medals were presented by Comrade Harris, Springer and Quann.

Two students from James M. Hill High School attended a leadership camp at Mount Allison University this past summer. They offered thanks to the RCL Branch for their support in attending this camp and shared some of their adventures. The two students were Shannon Bowes and Juliann McCullam. In showing their leadership, the youth were presented with a Royal Canadian Legion 150 Anniversary medal.

Above: Juliann McCullam, Shannon Bowes, Madelyn McNeil and Caleb Buckley and President Ted Quann.


Life Time Awards Presented
At the Veterans Dinner recognition is given to members who have been with the legion and their service years are acknowledged. In attendance to receive their pins was Marianne Harris and Kenneth Cripps.

Quilts of Valour
Those attending were informed that Harold Strang, WWII veteran will be receiving a quilt made by the organization Quilts of Valour. The quilt is a very special thank you from across Canada in recognition for sacrifices in serving our country. As of April 2016 the Quilts of Valour organization has presented 7,200 Quilts of Valour to recipients across Canada. The presentation of the quilt will be done soon.

Comrade Springer and Comrade Morrison show the quilt.


It was to the pleasure of those attending that Caleb Buckley preformed on his viola. This was very much appreciated by the veterans their families in attendance.



1 Comment

  1. SOKOLOWSKI Wlozimierz (Vladimir) on November 9, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    I wonder if the late William Dignam who was killed in WW2 was a son of the late Mrs. Mary Dignam who I had an honour and privilege to know?
    With respect, Wlodzimierz Sokolowski, 506-773-9731 or

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