Royal Canadian Legion Zone Europe Ceremonies
Events Calendar For The Year 2013
23 Mar 2013 Zone Meeting will be hosted by Branch 003 in Geilenkirchen on Saturday 23 March 2013 at 1400 hours. Branches are requested to provide a list of members that will attend this meeting by mid February 2013. This information will assist Branch 003 in arranging accommodations if required and planning that is necessary to host the meeting.
09 Apr 2013 Tuesday 09 April 2013 is Vimy Ridge Day. I have been advised by the Director that this year the ceremony will again be held and we have been requested to attend with a Colour Party. Deadline to submit names to attend this ceremony is set at 8 March. Details TBA.
04-05 May 2013 Annual Liberation Ceremonies in the Netherlands. On Saturday 4 May we will participate in the ceremony at the Canadian War Cemetery in Holten. On Sunday 5 May we will provide a Colour Party and participate in the Wageningen parade. Deadline to submit names for the trip to the Netherlands is set at 5 April. Details of these events TBA
01 Jul 2013 Monday 01 July will be the annual Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Service. Deadline to submit names for this ceremony is set at 1 June. Details of the event TBA
27 Jul 2013 Saturday 27 Jul a Zone Meeting will be held at 1400 hours at Branch 001 located at the Gasthaus Löwe in Söllingen. Branches are requested to provide a list of members that will attend this meeting by 5 July 2013. This information will assist Branch 001 in arranging accommodations if required and planning that is necessary to host the meeting.
07-08 Sep 2013 Attend the Annual Liberation Ceremonies in Belgium. On Friday 06 September members will travel to Belgium where limited accommodation will be arranged at the Naval Barracks in Sint-Kruis, near Brugge. Deadline to submit names for these ceremonies is set at 02 Aug. The following is an overview of scheduled events we will attend:
Saturday 07 Sep at approximately 0830 hours we will parade the Colours and attend the ceremony that commences the Operation Switchback March that will be held in the town of ???????. At approximately 1030 hours we will do a wreath laying ceremony at the IJzendijke Memorial in the Netherlands. In the afternoon at 1400 hours we will do a wreath laying ceremony at the Moerbrugge Memorial. Following this ceremony we return to barracks.
Sunday 08 September we will depart the Barracks at 0730 hours have breakfast somewhere on route to Adegem. At approximately 0900 hours proceed to the Canadian War Cemetery in Adegem where we will parade the Colours and attend the Liberation of Belgium Ceremony. Following the ceremony we will attend the reception at the community center in Adegem. Visit the Canadian Museum for lunch and return to the Barracks.
Further details of these events will be announced at a later date.
09-10 Nov 2013 Friday 08 Nov a Colour Party will depart for France to take part in the Annual Remembrance Day Ceremonies at Beaumont-Hamel on Saturday 09 Nov followed by the Vimy Ceremony on Sunday 10 Nov. Deadline to submit names for these ceremonies is set at 4 Oct. Timings, accommodations and details of the events to be announced at a later date.
Note: This schedule is based on information that is presently available. All dates are subject to change. Branches will be notified of amendments, as additional information becomes available. Future requests received by Zone for additional ceremonies we may be required to attend will also be added to this list as an amendment notification. This schedule will also be published on the Zone Webpage at www.rcl-europe.org and updated as required.
Information and details regarding the ceremonies will also be posted on the Zone Webpage under the Coming Events Tab prior to the ceremony.
This schedule was distributed to Branches on 29 November 2012 and will be amended as necessary by the Zone Commander. Additional information pertaining to the schedule and further requests for ceremonies are to be forwarded to the Zone Commander for consideration.
Branch Ceremonies 2013
In addition to the Zone Sponsored Ceremonies Branches in Zone Europe conduct ceremonies and events as a Branch Special Project. I will include ones that I am aware of for information.
05 May 2013 On Sunday 5 May Branch 003 will participate in the annual Ceremony of Remembrance at Hotten/Bure in Belgium. For details of this ceremony contact a member of the Branch Executive.
01 Jul 2013 Monday 01 Jul Branches will celebrate Canada Day with scheduled events as appropriate. For details contact a member of your Branch Executive.
18 Jul 2013 Thursday 18 July Branch 005 will provide a Colour Party in support of the Canadian Military Contingent that participates in the Nijmegen March at the Canadian War Cemetery at Groesbeek. Due to security and access to the cemetery Legion Members wishing to take part in this ceremony are requested to submit your name to the executive of Branch 005 well in advance so they can coordinate access.
18 Aug 2013 Branch 003 will participate in the Ceremony at the De La Haye Memorial in Belgium. For details contact an executive member of Branch 003.
11 Nov 2013 Branches will conduct their Branch Remembrance Day Ceremony at their Branch Memorials. For more information contact an executive member of the Branch.
17 Nov 2013 Sunday 17 Nov Branch 001 will host a Remembrance Ceremony at Choloy, France. Of the 778 burials in this cemetery we commemorate as well the 332 post war graves of Canadian Military Personnel and their family members who died in the service of their country while serving with NATO from 1953 to 1994. 276 are Military Members and 56 Family Members.
Members of other Branches are also welcome and encouraged to attend. Members will meet at the Cemetery in Choloy at 1430 hours. The Colours will be parades to the Cross of Remembrance where the ceremony will take place. Following the ceremony members will have the opportunity to visit grave of friends. This ceremony is considered basically a day trip so following the ceremony we will depart for home.
Note: If your Branch has other ceremonies and events you would like to have included here for information just send me the details and I would be glad to include them with this schedule.