Russ Robertson, the president of Squamish Legion, is inviting the community to be part of the Veterans week, which starts with a luncheon on Sunday, September 17, at 2 pm.
‘This is a free luncheon for our local veterans. This is a family friendly casual event, but shirts and shoes are required. If you are a veteran, serving member or know of any local area veterans, please spread the word,” Robertson said.
The luncheon is an attempt to raise awareness about the legion, especially for those veterans who may have just moved to the community. Food will be catered by Sunny Chibas. “I know there are a lot of veterans in Squamish, and my goal with this is to make them aware about a place where they can come and share their stories. They can come here, meet other veterans and shar their stories,” he said.
Besides the free luncheon for veterans, there are other activities planned next week. On Friday, September 22, the local legion will also host a Karoke evening, starting at 7 pm, and there will be a silent auction, a meat draw and free hamburgers on Saturday, September 23, starting at 2 pm.
Last year, the Squamish legion donated $27,000 to the local community this year, and in November, 44 local veterans were honoured with banners along Cleveland Avenue, a program that will expand to honour more local veterans, Robertson has confirmed.