The Royal Canadian Legion (RCL) was founded on a number of purposes and objectives. The mandate of the Royal Canadian Legion is “to perpetuate the memory and deeds of the fallen and to those who die in the future,” and to “promote and care for memorials to their valour and sacrifice, to promote suitable burials if required, to keep an annual memorial day, to preserve the records and memories of their service to see that such services shall not be forgotten by the nation.”
For several years, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 244 has held their Remembrance Day services at Hemmingford Elementary School. In partnership with the school and with the help of local church leaders, the service is held on the Sunday closest to November 11 to bring the community together and to encourage children to take part in the service.
The partnership between the school and Branch 244 extends beyond the Sunday service with the RCL Branch 244 returning to the school on November 11 to perform a Remembrance Day service for the students and with the school participating the an annual essay contest.