Many gathered to celebrate Legion Day on June 29. (Below) Jeannie Watson presents Dan Kurschenska, cadets Civilian Instructor, with a cheque for $2000 from money raised from profits at the Legion. Submitted

Veterans, supporters gather to celebrate Legion Day


Fernie Legion Branch 36

On June 29th, laughter, applause, conversation and music could be heard from the doors of The Fernie Legion as it held its Legion Day celebration.

As part of a nationwide Legion Week, Branch 36 of the Royal Canadian Legion opened its doors to the community by hosting a family friendly BBQ alongside a super meat draw, a pool competition, live music and even a visit from the Mayor of Fernie.

The festivities started at 1p.m. when the bar opened and children’s activities hosted by the cadets began.

A crowd soon began to develop for Meat Draw, which happens every Saturday, but this week was bigger and better with prime cuts of meat and more draws open.

During the draw, a BBQ was held selling burgers and smokies for a small donation, which was a great hit!

Jeannie Watson, Branch #36 president, then presented Dan Kurschenska, the cadets Civilian Instructor, with a cheque for $2000 from money raised at the Legion, and mayor Ange Qualizza said a few words commenting on the wonderful efforts of the Fernie Legion in giving back over $18,000 into community projects in the past year alone.

Then, just as the excitement started to die down, the members and guests were treated to a fantastic set from Hartt and the Gold, who made the time to play at the Legion on the day of their album release.

All in all, a great day!

The Fernie Legion wants to thank the cadets and Dan Kurschenska who helped run activities, Ange Qualizza, the Fire Hall and Sarah Jones (from the Legion’s ball team, The Gypsies) for running the BBQ, Save on Foods who donated food vouchers to support the BBQ, Big Bang Bagel and Fernie Brewing Company for their prize donations, and to Hartt and the Gold for their fantastic set.

Come and join us over the summer for Saturday Meat Draw, Wednesday Socials and Friyay Yard Games.

And remember, not only are the drinks cheap at The Legion, they also put money back into your community, so you can have a beer and do a good thing! Members and non-members are always welcome!


Jeannie Watson presents Dan Kurschenska, cadets Civilian Instructor, with a cheque for $2000 from money raised from profits at the Legion. Submitted

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