Wind and cooler than expected weather may have forced the first Fort St. John Royal Canadian Legion parking lot party indoors, but that didn’t damper the enthusiasm of those who attended the event. Organizer Jo Anne Salmond admitted to being worried initially about being outside because of the weather, but as things moved inside the building filled up quick and was a success overall.
Prior to joining the legion Salmond said it wasn’t in good shape, and she decided to do what she could to make sure the Fort St. John branch stayed open for veterans.
“When I joined the legion ten years ago they were going broke and the roof was caving in. At that time my family and I organized two weekend campouts. We’re just trying to raise money to keep the legion operating. My very dear two uncles were veterans from World War two. I’ve just always been very conscious of how lucky we are to live in Canada. We have a lot more young veterans coming up. People sometimes forget these young fellows going to Afghanistan and different places are veterans too and they need a place to come.”
As for how the community has responded to events at the legion, she added, “It’s so heartwarming. It makes me so proud to be my little country girl in my little home town with my family and friends helping me.”
The legion has a number of weekly events including jam sessions in the lounge Saturday nights in the winter from 5-8 p.m. Friday nights feature karaoke events, meat draws, and dinners. The dinners cost $10. The legion just started doing wing nights on Thursday nights as well.