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Glimmer of hope shines for closed Cowichan Legion

The Cowichan Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion could yet get a reprieve. - Peter W. Rusland/file
The Cowichan Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion could yet get a reprieve.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland/file

There's light at tunnel's end for Cowichan's struggling Legion that closed Thursday in downtown Duncan, the B.C./Yukon commander explains.

Angus Stanfield says in an email to the News Leader Pictorial — that first reported Branch 53 was closing July 31 — that "B.C. Yukon Command of the Legion is intervening in this branch to help preserve it for the community it has served with such distinction."

"Although the Legion branch is giving up its lease in the (Canada Building), it does not mean a closure of other important branch activities, membership meetings, or the mandate to serve veterans."

Command spokeswoman Inge Kruse said the brass is "targeting" Cowichan to help boost memberships (about $50 a year) and aims to reopen the branch elsewhere, with a lounge and kitchen.

"A management committee is being formed under the trustee, and the branch charter is still intact, not cancelled," notes Stanfield.

"Members of the trusteeship group will ensure there is a store-front location for the 2014 poppy campaign. In the interim, we will be conducting a campaign to revitalize the (Cowichan) Legion membership, and explore options for a new location." Contact the command with ideas at 604-575-8840.

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