The Decaying Legions


Have you ever considered the first impressions when entering one of our Royal Canadian legion branches? At the entrance we are often greeted with an overwhelming odor of cigarette smoke and a walkway littered with butts. Once through the doors we have to accustomed our eyes to the dark and gloomy interior with few or no windows. The air smells musty with stale beer and the walls are stained and yellowed with the nicotine of years passed. One wall greets us with row on row of framed and dower looking past presidents. Maybe they are remembering better times. The opposite wall there stands a large display cabinet of ancient WW1-2 and Korean medals, it looks dusty and unused. Not a sign of a medal from later wars. Crossing the bar I feel the eyes of the few members following my progress. No one speaks or shows any sign of welcoming, I feel like an intruder wondering if I have any right to be here. Why would I remain in this place of decay and ghostly shadows? Simply put I wouldn’t and I don’t. I’d much rather pop into MacDonald’s and share a very reasonably priced morning cup of coffee with my senior friends and neighbours, many who are veterans. That folks is my impression of today’s legion.

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About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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3 Responses to The Decaying Legions

  1. Ira Peters says:

    We either have to try and fix the problems as younger Veterans,or leave,no sense making ourselves sick over the way things are. It will be of great loss if the Legions close due to greater good done over the years either with civilian or Veterans money. I know it is very frustrating but we have to think about the loss and either make the change,leave, fight for a grand return of the Royal Canadian Legion or have a name change.

  2. Dave Marson says:

    You nailed it Fred and Ira you can’t fix stupid as a victim of legion abuse I hope they burn in hell.

  3. RUSS says:

    Extremely well described. Happy to no longer be part of it.

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