Royal Canadian Legion, Br. 187, Colborne, ON
Captain Charles S. Rutherford VC, MC, MM Branch

Serving our Veterans, their families and our community since 1931

Purposes & Objects

From the General By-Laws of the Royal Canadian Legion

The purposes and objects of the Legion shall be:

  1. To constitute an association of those who have served or are serving in Her Majesty’s armed forces or any auxiliary force and of others who support the purposes and objects of the Legion, which association shall be democratic and non-sectarian, and shall not be affiliated to or connected directly or indirectly with any political party or organization;
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  2. To bring about the unity of all who have so served;
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  3. To further among them the spirit of comradeship and mutual help and the close and kindly ties of active service;
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  4. To pass on to their families and descendants the traditions for which they stand;
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  5. To perpetuate the memory and deeds of the fallen and those who die in the future;
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  6. To promote and care for memorials to their valour and sacrifice, to provide suitable burial if required, to keep an annual memorial day, to preserve the records and memories of their service and to see that such services shall not be forgotten by the nation;
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  7. To ensure that proper attention shall be paid to the welfare of all who served and the welfare of their dependants and to see to the maintenance and comfort of those who require special treatment, particularly the disabled, sick, aged and needy, and to promote the welfare of their dependants;
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  8. To educate public opinion regarding national duties to the dead, the disabled and others who have served, and their dependants;
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  9. To foster loyalty among the public and education in the principles of patriotism, duty and unstinting public service;
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  10. To strive for peace, goodwill and friendship among all nations, the same time advocating the maintenance by Canada of adequate and sufficient forces on land, sea and in the air for the defence of our country and for the discharge of those obligations which rest upon us by virtue of our partnership in the Commonwealth;
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  11. To support suitable undertakings for the training, employment and settlement of ex-service personnel, and the education of their children;
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  12. To preserve their statutory, acquired and legitimate rights, and those of their dependents and, in so doing, to offer the Legion’s co-operation to those officially charged with the responsibility of administering such rights by federal or other governments;
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  13. To assist comrades now serving, especially in connection with their return to civilian life, and to safeguard the interests of their dependents whilst they are in service;
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  14. To assist ex-service personnel to secure not less than the recognized standard rates of wages;
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  15. To secure adequate pensions, allowances, grants and war gratuities for ex-service personnel, their dependents, and the widows, children and dependents of those who are dead, and to labour for honourable provision being made for those who, in declining years, are unable to support themselves;
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  16. To cooperate with the Commonwealth and allied associations of similar aims and objects;
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  17. To establish, organize and regulate provincial, district and local bodies, or commands and branches in convenient centers throughout Canada and elsewhere;
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  18. To establish, organize and regulate provincial, district and local bodies of women for the purpose of assisting the Legion in seeing to the maintenance and comfort of disabled, sick, aged and needy ex-service personnel and their dependants, and to co-operate with the Legion in the promotion and carrying out of all aims and objects of the Legion, such a group to be known as Ladies’ Auxiliary to The Royal Canadian Legion;
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  19. To acquire, hold, sell or lease real and immovable, personal and movable property;
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  20. To raise and coordinate funds for assisting those mentioned in the preceding paragraphs, to provide for the administration of the Legion and its authorized Provincial and District Commands, branches and ladies’ auxiliaries, and to see that those and other funds raised for such purposes are applied to those purposes and none other;
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  21. To act generally on behalf of all those who have served in Her Majesty’s forces;
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  22. To engage only in activities which will be to the credit and benefit of the Canadian community and which will encourage and promote the positive reputation of the Legion.