Welcome to the Grande Prairie Legion Branch 54
Your Royal Canadian Legion is committed to making a difference in the lives of Veterans and their families, providing essential services in our communities, and remembering the men and women who sacrificed for our country.
The Legion understands the toll serving for our country can have on individuals and we are here to offer our support.
Grande Prairie Legion, Branch #54 received her charter in 1927 and like many other Branches has a proud history of growth and Community Service.
Our Ladies Auxiliary has a proud history of service of their own. They have served Branch #54 with tireless support since 1950. Our first lot and building was donated by a Bear Lake farmer, Mr. Henry Roberts (grandfather of Veteran Billy Bessent). It was located on 101 Ave. where the Catholic Church now stands.
Other venues Veterans used for gatherings were the old Immigration Hall, now occupied by the Co-Op Gas Bar, as well as the Army Barracks. Parts of these barracks were later moved to the present site of the Legion.
The first big venture for Branch #54 was the first phase of our current building. We know it as the Lancaster Room, which was dedicated on September 17th, 1966.
In support of the community, our first donation was $10,000 to the Old Memorial Arena. The Legion formed their own Track and Field Club with Jerry Tanner and Doug Saunders acting as Directors. Bill Turnbull, a teacher, was the Meet Director and Coach. We were able to sponsor these annual meets with the same people for about 16 years.
Further expansion was required in 1973 which created our lounge and the lower Corvette Room.
The north wall was extended, enlarging the kitchen and the storage area in the North West corner of the building.
In April of 1994 renovations were done again to accommodate bigger crowds in the Lancaster Room. The bandstand was moved from the North West corner to the centre of the North wall. At this time the floor was all redone with tile for the dance floor and the rest carpeted.
When Covid hit in March of 2020 we decided there was not time like the present to do some quick repairs to the floor in the aging kitchen. As a result, that one repair started what ended up to be a full gut!
Everything was put back together throughout the rest of the year with the hard work of numerous volunteers and welcome donations from the community, as well as some available grants we were able to utilize.
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