Joan Fischer, a member of the Col. John McCrae branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, spearheaded a Legion effort to raise funds to improve acoustics in its new building and at the same time honour people killed in action, war veterans who have died and current local Legion members who are war veterans. “We’ve got them from the War of 1812 to Afghanistan,” Fischer said of those honoured on the 172 leaves on the tree of remembrance. A dedication ceremony for the new fixture on one of the Legion’s walls was held Saturday and drew a big crowd. Three Guelph Collegiate students made the arch, Fischer noted. There is still room for a few more leaves, which have been sold for $100 each, she said. The central leaf, paid for by the Legion’s ladies auxiliary, honours Guelph’s Col. John McCrae for his service in the Boer War from 1899 to 1901 and in the Medical Corps in World War One.
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