Vimy Lounge this Saturday Night – Steak Night plus entertainment (my mouth is watering).
Also, the Ladies Auxiliary Spring Blossom Tea – Saturday, May 7 from 1 til 3pm
These events are reasonably priced: Steak Night $15. The Tea is $5.
Call or stop by the office to secure your 6 oz New York steak – while you’re there take a look at the facility!
There was a time when I stopped by often, mostly for the company and to see how I could help. Then, I felt like I had, perhaps overstepped my welcome. I decided, like any relationship, its time to chill for a bit.
1820 Cornwall Street is home to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 001. On a regular basis events such as listed above are held plus Monday to Friday, the Dieppe Café remains busy. The Vimy Lounge offers a place for a refreshing beverage and some conversation.
The bartender of the day and I got talking about the patrons that frequent, the volunteers and the reasons why younger veterans seem to go elsewhere.
An establishment such as the Legion, may struggle in the downtown core because of parking issues, but it also has to be an inviting spot that encourages people to come, socialize and not feel out of place. It’s not just a place to sit and get drunk. Neither is it a place that you should feel ushered out of just because.
My thoughts of Legions across Canada include: a place where like minded people relay stories of their military experiences, talk about family. Work through some of the issues of the day, find answers to situations and get support.
Some members may stay away from such facilities to avoid reminders of events that none of us will ever experience.
Why couldn’t there be workshops held to help those that struggle with post traumatic stress disorder. Currently, homelessness within the veteran community is also a topic that needs to be addressed. Would this not be a safe environment to discuss and act upon such topics?
A re-building is happening with a new executive. I would think new ideas and exciting things should stem from this. To start new initiatives, brilliant! However, is it the old protocol that stands in the way?
Younger members bring positive change to the post. Looking outside the City of Regina boundaries and drawing attention to “BRANCH 001” for all the right reasons. Again, how exciting!
The “War Museum” is being “re-mastered” and once complete it will have all kinds of potential to draw in tourists or history buffs.
A sense of pride and promotion of this funky facility will do well in moving it forward. This is a sad time when our WWII veterans are dying, those from more recent conflicts do not feel engaged, nor perhaps, enough to come forward to support the branch.
These modern day veterans are valued and important to telling the Canadian story when it comes to the military.
Take time to meet the men and women that served this country.