Our HistoryWe have been serving Renfrew & Area since 1929
Ninety World War I veterans attended the first meeting called to establish Branch 148 in 1929. History records indicate that there were fifteen charter members with the first president being Mr. A.B.C. Throop. The Canadian legion of the British Empire service league was the official name of the organization at the time in 1929.
The present location for the legion started with the purchase of the former home of the McAndrew family. The need to expand was soon realized and a membership building committee was formed. Extensive renovations of the building were started and in 1965 the official opening of our new hall was celebrated.
The mission of our Legion is to serve veterans, including military & RCMP members and their families; to promote Remembrance, and to serve our communities and our country.
The raising of money to erect a memorial to commemorate the dead of World War I was the first major work of the branch founders. Senator Thomas Low of Renfrew committed himself to contributing the major cost and consequently it was for him that low square was named. In 2008 the cenotaph was in desperate need of restoration. Comrade Bill Welsh, spearheaded this undertaking. On September 21, 2008, many townsfolk attended a special ceremony to re-dedicate and remember our fallen heroes at the newly restored cenotaph.
The biggest day of the year. The annual parade and attendance is a long standing tradition in Renfrew. It takes a lot of preparation by comrade Bruce Ferguson (the poppy chairman) and the committee to organize the preparations for this very special day. Many, many hours are volunteered by the members to poppy tag the weekend before Remembrance Day. Proceeds from our poppy donations are distributed to:
- Local Veterans Comfort
- Renfrew Victoria Hospital
- Homeless Veterans
- Poetry, essay & poster contest prizes
- Service Bureau Veterans Assistance
- Support of Cadet Units
- Relief of Disasters
- Restoration/Repair of Monuments
Live entertainment is provided in the lounge every Saturday from 4 to 8 pm and two Friday nights a month from 8 pm to midnight. View our upcoming events calendars
The Silver Seniors continue to play darts every Monday afternoon.
Renfrew Highland Pipes & Drums
The branch is also affiliated with the Renfrew Highland Pipes & Drums who practice in the legion hall Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm. They put on numerous concerts throughout the year, including one in front of our branch each summer.
Most Requested Information
Lounge Hours – 613-432-2582
Sunday – Closed to May 17
Monday – Tuesday – Noon to 6 pm
Wednesday – Noon to 10 pm
Thursday to Saturday – Noon to 11:30 pm
Office Hours – 613-432-6450
Monday – Friday – 8 am to 4 pm
Thursday - Closed