Aldergrove Legion 265 holds flag raising ahead of Canada Day

Legion will not be leading Aldergrove Parade as they have done in the past due to COVID-19

With Canada Day celebrations altered by COVID-19, Aldergrove Legion Branch 265 held a flag raising ceremony on Saturday, June 27.

Legionnaires gathered for a quick procession in the parking lot, brandishing multiple flags from Canada and the legion’s past while two young bagpipers performed “The Green Hills/When the Battles Over.”

Reguson and Ronan Terry were two local members of the Simon Fraser University Pipe band who lent their talents to the cause of Saturday.

Doug Hadley, president of Aldergrove Legion Branch 265, said the flag raising was a bit irregular and not an annual tradition.

“We can’t march in the parade this year, which has been a long standing tradition – the legion leading the Aldergrove parade,” Hadley said.

To celebrate and mark Canada’s 153rd anniversary, Hadley said the legion felt they had to do something to mark the occasion.

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Chaplain Paul Gitan performed a non-denominational prayer before legionnaire Robert Minder and young Ivan Green raised the Canadian flag to a bagpiped performance of O Canada.

While Hadley said the Aldergrove Canada Day parade has been reformatted to adhere to COVID-19 restrictions, the legion will still be taking part in the parade with a float.

The legion had been closed since early March due to the pandemic, partially reopening in the middle of June.

More information can be found at www.aldergrovelegion.ca.

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