RMR Association’s 100th anniversary party a success

Comrade Sue Guerin, President of Branch 14 (RMR Association), flanked by the co-guests of honour: CWO (ret’d) Brian Colgan (left) and Colonel (ret’d) Charles Hamel (right). Photo credit: Comrade Gary Donovan.

Westmount, Quebec – 17 October 2019: The RMR Association (Branch 14, Royal Canadian Legion) held a dinner dance last night in the armoury to celebrate their 100th anniversary.

Approximately 125 people gathered on the parade square to break bread together, enjoy each other’s company, catch up with old friends, and listen to some entertaining speeches.

Photo credit: Comrade Gary Donovan.
Branch 14’s Sergeant-At-Arms, Comrade Nick Karkasoulis, posing with a panel from the RMR Museum’s travelling exhibition on the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Photo credit: Comrade Gary Donovan.

The organizing committee had invited two distinguished RMR’s to be the co-guests of Honour, each of whom are uniquely qualified to speak to all present about the importance of this anniversary to the Regiment:

  • Senior Regimental Sergeant Major CWO (ret’d) Brian Colgan, CD
  • Senior Regimental Combatant Officer Colonel (ret’d) Chuck Hamel, CD
Senior Regimental Combatant Officer Colonel (ret’d) Chuck Hamel, CD giving his address. Photo credit: Comrade Gary Donovan.

Both gave accounts of their service and the importance of looking out for each other. The “buddy system” doesn’t stop once you leave the army, we all need to keep vigilant and help each other through the rough patches.

Old friends catching up. Photo credit: Comrade Gary Donovan.

After the formal portion of the dinner was concluded with a toast to the Regiment proposed by the Honorary Colonel and a final toast to the RMR Association proposed by Comrade Sue Guerin, the DJ cranked the music and the dancing began in earnest!

Most people present ignored the fact that they’re “not as young as they think they are”, and a good time was had by all!

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