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Legion Acknowledges Another Successful Dominion Convention

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 07/14/14 -- Editors' Note: There are three photos associated with this press release.

Members of The Royal Canadian Legion from across Canada, the United States, Mexico and Europe have left the site of the 45th Legion Dominion Convention in Edmonton and returned home with a renewed sense of purpose.

"The high number of delegates bears witness to the value of these Conventions," says Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion Tom Eagles. "Over a three-day period, more than 118 resolutions covering everything from Veterans' issues to program changes, with a heavy emphasis on the well-being of Canada's Veterans, their families and our communities, were considered by the delegates," adds Eagles.

"In addition to the resolutions that were either passed or defeated, delegates elected a cadre of several new senior executive officers," says Eagles. "With these new officers we have an opportunity to adopt fresh ideas and reinvigorate the Legion's sense of purpose and impact on Canada's communities," adds Eagles. "These are exciting times for the Legion," says Eagles.

There were 966 accredited delegates from 1,447 branches carrying 2,400 proxy votes for a total voting strength of 3,366 Legion members. Coming out of this convention, the Legion will also be working on an online membership system, enhancing communications, and working to ensure the message gets out that the Legion cares for all Veterans, regardless of when or where they served. Delegates also approved a change to the definition of a Veteran which now includes Regular Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or Peace Officers who have served in a Special Duty Area or on a Special Duty Operation. All delegates to this convention reaffirmed the Legion position that there is only one Veteran and we will serve all Veterans.

ABOUT THE LEGION

Established in 1926, the Legion is the largest Veterans' and community support organization in Canada with more than 300,000 members. Its mission is to serve all Veterans including serving Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police members as well as their families, to promote Remembrance and to serve our communities and our country.

The Legion's Service Bureau Network provides assistance and representation to all Veterans regarding their disability claims, benefits and services from Veterans Affairs Canada and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board. In communities across Canada it is the Legion that perpetuates Remembrance through the Poppy Campaign and Remembrance Day ceremonies. With more than 1, 440 branches, the Legion supports programs for seniors, Veterans' housing, outreach and visitation, youth leadership, education, sports, Cadets, Guides and Scouts.

We Will Remember Them.

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