ST. JOHN’S, NL, JUNE 13th 2016 – A native of Lawn, a small fishing village on the southern tip of the Burin Peninsula, NL and now a resident of Labrador City, NL, David P. Flannigan was unanimously acclaimed as the 42nd Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion today at the Legion’s biennial Dominion Convention in St. John’s.
Mr. Flannigan is an ordinary member and a former president of the Newfoundland Labrador Command. David served in the Canadian Armed Forces for a short time before he received a medical discharge. He joined the Labrador City Branch #47. Since 1976, he has been elected to positions at the Legion branch, zone, district, provincial and Dominion Command levels.
“Our purposes and objects were set by our founders 90 years ago. We need to remember this while adapting to new ways of communicating and doing business,” says Flannigan. “Over the next two years, we will bring the Legion to the attention of all Canadians while focusing on the great work we do with Veterans and in our communities,” states Flannigan.
The Dominion Convention, held every two years, is the Legion’s governing body that sets the policies and programs for the nearly 300,000-member organization that was formed in November 1925 at the Malborough Hotel in Winnipeg, MB.
The claim for nearly 300,000 members is ACTUALLY nearer 250,000 and not so many years ago it was 600,000. The Legion also claim a 100,000 are actual veterans. It depends on who you believe, but the more accurate number of veterans is approx 35,000. There are over 700,000 CAF veterans in Canada, this shows few are joining the legion. In fact one might say today’s legion is more of a social club than a veteran organization.The veteran name is being used as a prop!
The big question is with a new National president will we see any real change in the direction the legion has followed for the last few years????? That is indeed a big question!!!!!!!
God Bless and keep reading