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Welcome to the Central Muskoka Legion! We are Royal Canadian Legion Branch Number 161, located at 168 Muskoka Road, Bracebridge, Ontario. We are open year round and offer exceptional services and membership opportunities. Any Canadian citizen, Commonwealth subject or citizen of an Allied country who is of federal voting age is eligible for membership. However, there are three categories of membership each with different criteria. To determine which category you qualify for – visit the Membership Section on our website or visit our branch. Recent Canadian privacy legislation prevents the Legion from providing any information on individual members to an outside party. If you or your parent/grandparent had Canadian military service and you can provide enough information to distinguish him/her from others of the same name, you can submit a notice for the Lost Trails section of Legion Magazine in the hope that someone can identify your relative and then contact you or go to Archives Canada from our”Links” menu at the bottom left of this page.
Remembrance Day, in one form or another is celebrated by most countries in the world but at varying times. In Canada, it is celebrated in recognition of the time the armistice came into effect – the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month – when the guns of the First World War fell silent. As this was supposedly the war to end all wars it was this time that was selected and has remained so since. What many Canadians do not know is that the original Canadian Thanksgiving was often on the same date and caused great confusion. So Parliament passed an Act moving the Thanksgiving date to the second Monday in October in 1957!
The need for Remembrance Day was in response to a requirement for people to come together to express their grief on the loss or wounding of so many of their loved ones and to remember them. For all of us in the Royal Canadian Legion we continue to assist all our Canadian Forces veterans who not only served in all major conflicts classified as “Wars” but also our Peacekeepers and other United Nations commitments such as Haiti since the first employment of our forces as “peacekeepers” started in the early 1950s with the Suez Canal Emergency when the then Prime Minister of Canada, Lester Pearson suggested to the United Nations that this should be done. He also earned a Nobel Peace Prize for this innovation.