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Welcome to the Colchester Branch 026 of the Royal Canadian Legion. The Colchester Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion received their charter in October 1928 and has been a proud member of the Truro, Nova Scotia community ever since. Funds raised through the Royal Canadian Legion support veterans and their families as well as serving the community at large.

Royal Canadian Legion 26

Supporting veterans and their families as well as serving the community at large.

Remembrance Day 2020

Due to COVID-19 restrictions there will be no Remembrance Day parade or service at the Truro cenotaph.

Service will be held at Colchester Branch 026 of the Royal Canadian Legion auditorium. This service is for our Veterans, legion members and invited guests ONLY.

Service will be Wednesday November 11, 2020 at 10:45.

All COVID-19 protocols will be in effect. All wreaths will be pre-laid at the Truro Cenotaph. Anyone wishing to lay a wreath at the cenotaph can do so between 7AM- 11AM Wednesday November 11, 2020.


Poppy Campaign 2020

Remembrance Day and the Legion Poppy Campaign will be different in 2020 due to COVID-19. The tradition of Remembering continues.

Colchester Legion Branch 26 (Truro) is making poppies available starting October 30. Volunteers will be present at the following locations:
Canadian Tire
Giant Tiger
Truro Mall

Poppy boxes will be placed in several businesses throughout Truro and Bible Hill starting October 30. We thank all the businesses for their support.

Thank you for your donations to the Poppy Fund. Through your generosity, we are able to ensure that Veterans and their families are cared for and treated with the respect that they deserve.

The Legion is doing all we can to keep our Veterans and everyone safe.

Let’s take care of each other.


Remembrance Day is a Memorial Day observed by the Commonwealth of Nations members started since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who died in the line of duty. The day is also marked by war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries.

Remembrance Day is observed on the 11th of November in most countries to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in accordance with the armistice and is the time and date for the Remembrance Day ceremonies held at cenotaphs across the member nations.

The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due mainly to the poem “In Flanders Field” written by Canadian Army Doctor Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in WW I. Their brilliant red color became a symbol of the blood spilled during the war.

The Last Post: The Last Post is the common bugle call of the close of the military day. It is the time to put out the lights and sleep.

Silence: Upon completion of the Last Post, two minutes of silence are observed by all as those members of the Armed Forces who have died in the line of duty are remembered.

Reveille: Reveille is the first bugle call of the day and is a signal for the troops to arise from their sleep and start their day. At the cenotaph it is a symbol for the dead to rise from their sleep and guard the home of the war-dead.

On completion of Reveille the Act of Remembrance is said.

The Wreath: The laying of the wreath is the traditional means of signaling that high honours are being paid to honour the war dead.

Prepared by: Ralph Campbell, Co-Chair School Visitation, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26 (Truro)

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26 re-opened August 31.
Bar hours are 12pm to 6pm Monday to Saturday.
Masks are required.
Playing cards is not permitted at this time.

Bingo re-started 6:30pm, Wednesday, September 2 (see below).
Masks are required at all times.

We welcome all Members to drop in for a visit.

Check here for more information as it becomes available.

If you are travelling, consider dropping into a local Legion to say hello and for friendly conversation.

Legion Bingo re-opened 6:30pm, Wednesday, September 2 under COVID-19 restrictions.

  • Masks are required at all times except when eating or drinking.

  • Physical-distancing is required between bubbles.

  • You must stay in your seats. No roaming and/or socializing.

Temporary changes for Legion Bingo

  • New prize format – All regular games will be $50.

  • When current Bonanza and Jackpot games go, they will restart at 50% of the originals.

  • No admission under 16 years of age.

Don’t miss the historical articles on the Heritage Room page:



New Cards activities

45’s on Tuesdays

7 pm, In the Canteen (Cards currently not permitted)
$5 each, 8 games, No Kitty
Come out and have FUN at your Truro Legion.
Everyone Welcome!

Canasta cards

Truro Legion Lounge (Cards currently not permitted)
10 am, Mondays – weekly
1 pm, Wednesdays – weekly
Everyone Welcome!

Snowball 50/50 draw

Every Monday morning.
Pot is $308.
Name drawn: Paul Hopkins – NOT Signed in!
Sign in during the week in the canteen – Members only ($2)

Poster Awards Night

Thursday, March 26, 2020 (Cancelled)
7 pm
In the Auditorium.

Awards are presented to the students who won in their section for posters they created for the Poppy Poster contest during the Poppy campaign.

Some of the winning posters may go on to compete in the National competition.

Fish ‘n Chips

Friday, March 27, 2020 (Postponed)
Friday, April 25, 2020
5pm to 7pm
In the Lounge
50/50 Draw

Everyone Welcome – Bring your Friends

Crib Tournament

Saturday, March 28, 2020 (Cards currently not permitted)
Saturday, April 25, 2020
1pm to 4pm
In the Lounge
$22 per team
Two 50/50 draws
Food and Bar service available

Everyone Welcome – Bring your Friends


To honor members of the Canadian Armed Forces who served in a medical corps during World War II, Lloyd Coady was invited to attend the Canadian Forces Health Services Centre (Atlantic) mess dinner which took place Thursday 6 June 2019 (in commemoration of D-Day). The dinner was held at CFB Halifax followed by a reception on the Bridge at Juno Tower.

In 1942 at the age of 18, Lloyd left his home village of Sheet Harbour and joined the Army. He took his basic training in Peterborough and Petawawa. After basic training, Lloyd arrived in Halifax where he was taken off the draft and sent to Windsor, NS to train as a medical orderly. During the latter part of World War II, Lloyd served as a medical orderly on the Queen Mary, Aquitania and Samaria which transported troops to and from England. He also served at Cogswell Hospital, Halifax and the Debert Hospital outside Truro, NS.

Lloyd is pictured with LCol Rochelle Heudes, Commanding Officer CF H Svcs(A) Halifax.


Canadians have a proud history of bravely serving in the cause of peace and freedom over the years. A name from Canada’s First World War military heritage that still stirs emotions is “Passchendaele.” On a muddy battlefield in northwest Belgium, Canadians overcame almost unimaginable hardships to win an impressive victory in the fall of 1917.

Read more about Canadians at Passchendaele (Click here)

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