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Royal Canadian Legion
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Active 1925
Country Canadian
Type non-profit (veterans organization)
Role service organization
Patron Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada

The Royal Canadian Legion is a non-profit Canadian ex-service organization (veterans organization) founded in 1925, with more than 400,000 members worldwide. Membership includes people who have served as current and former military, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, provincial and municipal police, direct relatives of members and also affiliated members. It was founded in 1925 as the Canadian Legion of the British Empire Services League and was incorporated by Parliament in 1926. In 1962, Elizabeth II gave the Legion the right to affix the word "Royal" to its name. The Queen of Canada, is royal patron of the Legion; the Governor General of Canada is also traditionally appointed as a patron of the group.

Historically the Legion Hall was the social centre of many Canadian towns. This was especially the case in the provinces with severe restrictions on the sale of alcohol, rules from which the legions were generally exempt.


Pledge and Motto

Memoriam Eorum Retinebimus : We Will Remember Them

Legion Athletic Camp

In 1962 the Legion began a summer sports camp at the International Peace Garden which is run to this day, and has helped to train over 35,000 school age athletes. Up to 12 sports are offered over a six-week period.

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