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Vermilion Legion Thanks Local Businesses For Cemetery Enhancement

From left, Robert Snelgrove, Lou Carrier, Connor Grieve, Mayor Greg Throndson, and Town of Vermilion CAO Kevin Lucas. Photos Dawn Riley

On March 9, the Royal Canadian Legion Field Marshal Alexander Branch #11 took some time to thank some local community members for their support of the rejuvenation of the Soldiers Plots at the Vermilion Cemetary. Initiated before the pandemic arrived, the project will continue this spring and summer.

Between a small government grant, support from the Town of Vermilion, and the hard work of several Legion volunteers and local businesses the work done at the cemetary includes the building of a gazebo, cleaning up and righting the headstones, and the placement of the sign honouring The 151st Battalion. This summer, there is some landscaping in the plans, some seating will be placed in the gazebo, and there is a goal to create some walkways and paths.

The Legion has also been able to acquire some land on the north side of the cemetary for more plots. A veteran's spouse is now able to be buried next to them, and the Legion would like to make sure the veterans and the families in the community are able to access space to do so.

Legion Branch President Gary Zayac and Robert Snelgrove. Photo Dawn Riley

Branch President Gary Zayac, and project Chairman Bruce Marriott presented certificates of appreciation to Connor Grieve and his business partner Cale Staden as well as to Ferby’s Sand and Gravel.

Royal Canadian Legion Friendship Awards were presented to Lou Carrier, Robert Snelgrove. B&R Eckel’s Transport, and Vermilion Ready Mix also received this prestigious honour. These awards are granted by the Dominion Command of the Royal Canadian Legion to individuals and organizations who show their support of the activities and work in the community of Legion Branches.

Marriott is grateful to all the support the project has received, “We couldn’t do this project without the support of the business people,” he stated. He also thanked all the legion members who have done the heavy work needed to make the upgrades a reality, particularily Barry Roth.

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