On Saturday, May 13, Dominion President David Flannigan accepted, on behalf of The Royal Canadian Legion and our more than 275,000 Legionnaires, Valour Canada’s 2017 General Sir Arthur Currie Award.
We are proud to be – as Major-General (Retired) Robert Meating said – the home of Canadians in uniform who have served their country and local communities. big and small, over the last 100 years. Since 1926 the Legion has worked to assist and support Canada’s Veterans, to honour and remember all who serve, and to strengthen our communities. From service to the country to service to the community, Legion members impact the lives of their fellow citizens and make a difference for Veterans and their families.
General Sir Arthur Currie, an ardent supporter of Veterans, noted in a 1933 speech that the soldiers who returned from the war never asked for preferential treatment, but on one right all were united – “the right of the wounded and the broken – the right of the dependents of the dead – for adequate provision and care.” Now, 84 years later, The Royal Canadian Legion remains steadfast in advocating for those rights.
Valour Canada and The Royal Canadian Legion share a common goal: to connect Canadians to their military history and heritage. It was in this spirit of comradeship and common purpose that we accepted this prestigious award in Calgary.