Port Moody Branch #119

New Legion Information

In 1931, 11 war veterans decided they would like to form a Legion. Although they had no money, no property and no building, they applied and received a Charter that same year. Meetings were held in the basement of the Port Arms Hotel – now the Burrard Public House – and in their homes. They worked very hard to raise money through dinners and dances; the ladies made quilts, baked goods and sold them.

In 1950, the City of Port Moody let them use a small empty building. With more members now, the group was growing and they elected a Mr. Gee as their first President; Mrs. Gee was the first President of the Ladies Auxiliary.

By 1951, they had enough money to put a down payment down on a piece of property – 2513 Clarke Street – where we are still located. Veterans and members worked at their day jobs and built the Legion at night – giving $5.00 a pay-cheque to the building costs. In 1955, they opened the building for a New Year’s Eve Party. There was a roof on the building but no floor. All had a great time.

On Sunday, October 16, 2005 the City of Port Moody honoured Port Moody Legion Branch #119 with Freedom of the City in recognition of the Legion’s long and distinguished presence within the City and their many contributions.

We continue to support our local Cadets, Scouts, Hospitals and Hospices, youth and senior sports, the arts, Fire and Police Dept community projects and other worthy charities through fundraising efforts. Our yearly Poppy campaign supports Veterans and their families through the Legion Foundation. With the many challenges that our Veterans face of late, all our help is needed now more than ever.

Today, we meet in the Chip Kerr Memorial Hall, named after the Victoria Cross winner. We have a floor but our roof is failing us. It seems only appropriate that we close on this New Years Day Jan 1st 2015 and prepare to take down our beloved building and redevelop for the future. We will retain our charter and need your support to keep our membership strong during this transitional time.

Our land has been sold and a new Legion will be built with an 84 unit condo above; the projected reopening being late 2016. This new building will become the future of the Port Moody Legion for our Veterans – our Members – and our Community of Port Moody. We look forward to a new beginning and will always remain committed to our Mission Statement: Honouring Yesterday – Living for Today – Visions of Tomorrow