© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
Following tradition poppies are pinned to wreaths after the service ends.
Members of the Charlottetown Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion turned back the clock Friday when they opened a time capsule sealed in concrete for 50 years.
The capsule, which contained various documents and assorted memorabilia, was opened as part of the celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the branch’s construction.
Housed in the time capsule were documents identifying the branch executive of the day and the ladies auxiliary.
There was a Memorial Cross in the capsule.
Generally referred to as the Silver Cross, the Memorial Cross has been granted since 1919 to the loved ones of Canadian armed forces personnel who died in service or whose death was attributed to their service.
There were also some vintage coins, one from the late 17th century, the other from the early 18th century.
There was a special commemorative edition of The Bugle in recognition of the opening of the branch.
In that edition one writer took the time to remind all veterans that this was their home, they owned it and they were always welcome.
Joyce Paynter, a Second World War veteran, who contributed an article to that edition of The Bugle, was present at Friday’s ceremony. That article was read aloud by Legion past-president John Yeo.
Special tribute was paid to those members of the Canadian Armed Forces who had laid down their lives for peace and democracy.
The time capsule also housed a Legion crest.
The contents of the time capsule will go back into their place in the wall.
Several new items will go into the time capsule as well.
Included among those items will be several articles donated by naval personnel from HMCS Queen Charlotte.
Lt. (N) Melissa Fudge presented the Legion with a collection of items that included an officer’s shoulder boards, a hat from the commanding officer, some t-shirts and photographs of military personnel from HMCS Queen Charlotte who took part in the most recent Nijmegen March in Holland.