This is directed to the youngsters, I presume, who “tagged” the Bowser Legion Branch 211 and our tennis court buildings, on Friday, June 13, viciously attacked our memorial trees with a knife and left your empty beer cans and hockey sticks on the property.
Just so you know, we are all very upset with what you have done. You may not be aware of who we are and what we do, so I will enlighten you. Yes, we are a private club, but anyone can join if they are Canadian Citizens and are of legal drinking age. Most of us are seniors and retired, but not all by a long shot.
Our primary function is to provide support and financial aid to the veterans, their dependents, the sick or disabled, and others in need in the community. We are a small group of dedicated members whose sole purpose is to raise funds so we can give back to our community.
We are not allowed to keep any of the money we raise and thus we support also, the fire departments, the schools, the cadets corps, various charities in the local area and we give scholarships and bursaries to eligible students. This totals approximately $25,000 yearly that we raise and give back.
What you have done is clearly an act of defiance and full of disrespect toward the Legion, its members and those who fought and died for your freedoms in life.
Now another job for the work party, all seniors, to remove your idea of art.
I trust you will eventually grow up to realise the idiocy of your current behavior and how you have distressed many who are helping you and your community.
Oh, and by the way, you and your family are welcome to come to the Canada Celebrations at the Legion, on Tuesday, July 1 from 11 a.m. till about 5 p.m. and see first hand what we do.
Member, Legion Branch 211