Branch 113 Dresden Legion Week Is Sept. 15th to 21st

The Dresden Branch 113 of the Royal Canadian is located on the banks of the Sydenham River at the bridge.

Dresden Branch 113, Royal Canadian Legion

Are Celebrating Their 91st Anniversary during Legion Week.

Dresden's First World War veterans were served by Br. 113 of the British Empire Service League some 91 years ago. However, following the second world war, the veterans group was re-organized and a new charter was formally issued on March 14, 1946. The Dresden branch retained its original charter number 113.

Immediately following the Second World War, veterans were meeting in Dresden's old fire hall, then located next to the Presbyterian Church.  Years later, the local branch's membership regularly in a shop where McKellars Flowers & Gifts is now located.

Still later, meetings were held upstairs in the old Toronto-Dominion Bank building.

A location for Br. 113's meetings and activities was an early problem for the young branch, and in 1947 the Green Mountain Hotel at the corner of Camden and St. George Streets was purchased in hopes that it would serve as a permanent site.

At first it was anticipated that the existing structure could easily be converted into a Legion hall. But upon closer examination, it was determined than an entirely new structure would have to be built.

Legion member Neil McKerracher demolished the Green Mountain, and saw that the building materials were removed.

Local contractor George Clark agreed to construct a 30 by 50 foot cement block building for $5,000. He held the mortgage and Br. 113 paid the principle. Clark didn't charge the Legion any interest.

The branch's newly construction Legion hall was formally opened on Sunday, April, 3, 1949 and as president that year, Pat Dunlop served as chairman of the opening ceremony. Between 400 and 600 people turned out for the event.

When it received its charter in 1946, membership stood at 60; by 1949, that had grown to 119 veterans.  Still later, Br. 113's membership would rise to nearly 200. In June of 195, when the Legion branch burnt its mortgage in in a formal ceremony, about 175 members and associates attended that function.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 113 Dresden of 2013, continues to be active in fund-raising and community service.

Congratulations from Ward Four CK Councillor Joe Faas.

I would like to extend greetings and best wishes to the members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 113. Thank you for your continuous contribution through community service.

A Message from Tim McFadden, Dresden Branch 113, President.

President's Message
Legion Week will take place from Sunday, Sept 15th to Saturday, Sept. 21st. On behalf of Branch 113 Dresden I invite everyone to drop in and check out what's happening at the Branch. The Branch is open Tuesday - Saturday. Everyone is welcome at Branch 113 - hope to see you there!

Best Wishes from Ward Four Councillor Jamie McGrail.

Best wishes Royal Canadian Legion Dresden Branch 113. The community, I know, wishes you all the best during Legion Week celebrations September 15th. through September 21st.


for the week of...


Sun. Sept. 15th   * Headquarters for 23rd Annual Terry Fox Run

Mon. Sept. 16th  * Branch closed today.

Tues. Sept. 17th  * Pub Night

Wed. Sept. 18th   * Regular Branch Hours

Thur. Sept. 19th  * OPEN HOUSE

Fri. Sept. 20th.             *Lite Bite followed by  FUN TRIVIA NIGHT

Sat. Sept. 21st    * Roast Beef Dinner   

                                   For any inquiries call the Branch at
                                   519-683-4862. After 3 pm Tue-Sat
                                   Everyone is welcome all the time!


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Commemorative patio plaque established 2013.
Commemorative patio plaque established 2013.
Branch 113 patio is ready for Legion Week Activities.
Branch 113 patio is ready for Legion Week Activities.

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