| GO TO FRONT PAGE DONATEKingsway Legion is known today as ‘The HOME of HOSPITALITY’.Our members are ‘Traditionalists’ and celebrate Remembrance and VE Day services.Our Ladies Auxiliary have an active membership of 194 and support many branch projects covering building improvements and equipment acquisitions with large donations obtained from their Bingo’s and other fund-raising activities.Our members and LA participate in many of the activities of the Kipnes Veterans Centre and we host a monthly dinner for many of the Centre’s residents.We are extremely sports minded at the Kingsway Legion with 4 Dart Leagues, 2 Shuffleboard Leagues, Crib on Monday, drop in Pool on Tuesday and Thursday,, Thursday Pool League, Darts and Pool on Saturday as well as Mixed Curling on Sunday Morning’s.Our Seniors Club meet once a month for a social day and entertainment.
In the fall of 1945 a group of veterans applied for a Royal Canadian Legion Charter. The Branch was originally going to be call “Alexander Branch”, but the name was rejected. On February 07, 1946 the name and charter were finalized.
The ladies wanted to take a more active role in the Branch thus, a Ladies Auxiliary to the Kingsway Legion was formed on August 23, 1948. Eleven ladies signed the Charter. During 1946 a bid was made for the Auxiliary Services Hut on Kingsway. This bid was accepted and the Branch became a viable entity.
Membership began to increase and an addition was built with a volunteer contractor and volunteer labour by members. The building was completed and formally opened in 1951.
Expansion was again necessary in 1959. The old “HUT” was badly deteriorated and the membership decided that a new building was in order.
During the second world war the properly that Kingsway occupied was designated a “MEMORIAL PARK”. After the training facilities were in place an odd shaped piece of property was left over, and this was becoming an eyesore. It was rehabilitated with the constructing of field stone Cairns to commemorate the units from this area who served in the war.
Kingsway Legion requested permission to build on this property. It was granted with the stipulation that Kingsway commemorate the Cairns and assume care of the park. The decisions was to build a “MEMORIAL WALL” within the Branch to commemorate the Regiments as follows:
THE SOUTHERN REGIMENT
ROYAL CANADIAN ARTILLERY
ROYAL CANADIAN ENGINEERS
THE LOYAL EDMONTON REGIMENT
THE EDMONTON FUSILIERS
In July of 1982 a disastrous fire struck the Branch destroying the interior of the building. The President lead a committee for reconstruction. The committee worked night and day resulting in one section of the building opening on November 15, 1982.
On July 24, 1983 the premises was ready for full occupancy and the official opening took place.
Through the dedication and hard work of our membership the mortgage was burned on October 21, 1984.
Kingsway membership felt an outdoor monument should be built to maintain Kingsway Legion Lawns. The Cenotaph was officially dedicated on Sunday, September 15, 1985, keeping the original concept of the participating Regiments.
Through all these adversities Kingsway 175 did not neglect its responsibilities to the community. Over the years our donations to charitable institutions amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars.