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Legion Makes Donation for Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial

QUINTE WEST, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/12/13 -- Mr. Gordon Moore, Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion, accompanied by His Worship, Mayor John Williams, and Hugh O'Neil for the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial Fund, made a donation of more than 160,000 dollars to the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial Fund earlier today at The Royal Canadian Legion branch in Trenton.

"This is not a government initiative, but solely funded by Canadians honoring Canadian soldiers. For this reason, and on behalf of the more than 320,000 members of The Royal Canadian Legion, I am pleased to make this donation to help the organizers reach this goal," said Mr. Moore.

"The Legion funds collected for the establishment of the monument were raised from more than 1,400 Legion branches at home and abroad and represents another tangible example of the Legion`s support for our modern day Veterans and our commitment to Remembrance and never forgetting those who have made the ultimate sacrifice," concluded Mr. Moore.

All Canadians who wish to give to those who gave and support this project are encouraged to do so by visiting the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial project at: www.afghanistanmemorial.ca.

About the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial

The Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial is a permanent monument honoring the 158 members of the Canadian Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice during the war in Afghanistan. Located on the Bay of Quinte and Canadian Forces Base Trenton, the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial is a fitting tribute not far from where Canadian repatriation ceremonies occur and at the beginning of our fallen soldiers' journey along the Highway of Heroes, from Trenton to Toronto.

About the Legion

Established in 1926, the Legion is the largest Veterans service organization in Canada with more than 320,000 members. Its mission is to serve all Veterans including serving Canadian Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police members and their families, to promote Remembrance and to serve our communities and our country.

The Legion's Service Bureau Officers can assist and represent CF members Veterans, RCMP members and their families regarding disability claims or related issues with Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board (VRAB).

In communities across Canada, it is the Legion that perpetuates Remembrance through the Poppy campaign and Remembrance Day ceremonies, With more than 1,450 branches, The Legion supports programs for seniors, Veterans housing, Long Term Care, youth leadership, education, sports, Cadets, Guides and Scouts. We will Remember Them.

Contacts:
Bruce Poulin
Dominion Command
The Royal Canadian Legion
1-613-591-3335 ext. 241
1-613-292-8760 (Cell)
bruce.poulin@legion.ca

Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial Fund
1-613-392-2841 Ext.4421
jaclyng@quintewest.ca

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