Ladner Legion Honoured with a Long-term Contribution Award and Heritage Conservation Grant
Sep 17, 2018
In honour of the 90th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Legion’s Ladner Branch No. 61, Mayor Lois E. Jackson presented the organization with a Long-term Contribution award from the City of Delta.
This award recognizes the Ladner Legion for its outstanding community service and the enduring positive impact the organization has had in creating opportunities and supporting various individuals and groups in Delta.
The award presentation took place on September 15th as part of the branch’s 90th Anniversary celebration. Also at the celebration, Mayor Jackson bestowed the Legion with a $10,000 Delta Heritage Conservation Grant, towards replacing the roof of the historic Bank of Montreal building that the Legion occupies.
“I’m honoured to be a part of this milestone celebration for an organization that has contributed so much towards the betterment of our community”, said Mayor Lois E. Jackson. “The Legion’s ongoing advocacy and annual Poppy Campaign remind us of the importance of recognizing past sacrifices and the courage of those who served and still serve today.”
Over the years the Legion has offered several community support programs in Delta, such as bursaries to local scholars, minor sports teams, cadets and support for seniors. The supply of Christmas hampers is an annual tradition for the Ladner branch, along with many other community endeavours.
Delta Branch 61 History
The Ladner Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion was chartered on March 21, 1928 and was originally known as the Canadian Legion of the British Empire Service League. In 1960 the Legion was renamed the Royal Canadian Legion. The original building was deeded to the Branch in 1945 by the Municipality of Delta and was located where the Ladner Community Centre is situated now. In the 1950’s, the Branch received its liquor license and was moved to the foot of Delta Street in the heart of Ladner Village. 1970 brought about a third move to the current location on Delta Street.
(Source: Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 61, Delta, BC)