Two Branch Members/Vets receive special canes

Two Branch 60 members/veterans were presented with special canes in a ceremony in our museum on November 22, 2022. The Woodcarvers Guild at the Burlington Art Gallery presented Robert Graham and Dan Lauzon with beautiful wooden canes as a thank you for their service. Dan joined the Canadian Forces in 1978 and retired as a Sgt. in 1996. Robert joined the British Army in 1988 and spent 24 years in the service. A cane was also presented to Connie Smith , daughter of the late Robert Prahm Smith who served in the U.S. Army and the Royal Canadian Light Infantry. Congratulations to all three on very well deserved honours.

Robert Graham, Connie Smith & Dan Lauzon

Burlington Veteran Douglas Ross Rickard marks 104th Birthday in style

JUNE 25, 2022 - Royal Canadian Legion Branch 60 Burlington wishes a very Happy Birthday today (June 25, 2022) to one of its valued members, 104-year old Douglas Ross Rickard. His wife, Jean, celebrates her 100th birthday on July 11. Plus, the Rickard's celebrated their 78 th wedding anniversary on June 24th.

These three special dates were recognized recently during a special ceremony at Branch 60 which included the Rickards' daughter Marie, remarks by Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and a surprise performance by Frank Sinatra tribute artist Dan Lauzon, a Canadian military veteran and a Vice President of Branch 60.

Douglas Ross Rickard is one of very few living Canadian survivors of the Dieppe Raid during the Second World War. It was one of the darkest chapters in Canada's military history but it was also marked by great courage and helped lead to important lessons being learned to prepare for the D-Day invasion of 1944.

Mr. Rickard was a member of the Royal Canadian Corp of Signals. He arrived at Dieppe in the early morning of August 19 th , 1942 aboard a tank landing craft (TLC) containing three tanks. He was knocked unconscious by a shell blast but was revived by an officer and continued to receive and transmit messages until further damage to the vessel disabled an engine and forced the crew to retreat. With only one propeller working, they slowly tried to return to Britain. They were set upon by enemy fighters off the coast of England, and to avoid injury Corporal Rickard jumped overboard. He was able to remove his heavy boots and swam over a kilometer back to an English beach and safety.

Corporal Rickard continued to serve the remainder of the war in a variety of roles, returning to Canada in early 1946 with his British war bride, Jean. Already an accomplished artist, he continued his painting and held art director positions with several major publications. Before retirement, he established several Canadian companies which exported Canadian photographic equipment and art supplies around the world.

The almost 5,000 Canadians who fought in the Dieppe Raid were among the more than one million men and women from our country who served in uniform during the Second World War. The efforts of all of these brave Canadians helped the Allies eventually achieve victory.

A YouTube video of the recent Legion ceremony is available at https://youtu.be/6gN6r732IBA . Plus, a YouTube video of Mr. Rickard recalling his experience at Dieppe is available at https://youtu.be/dp-3_jDXUF4 .


Thank you to those who joined us on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021 as we paid tribute to Past President Matt MacPherson for his years of outstanding service. President Burns Macleod presented Matt with a plaque and a Past President's medal set as part of the ceremony. Plus, we asked Matt to officially burn the mortage which was paid off under his presidency.