Whalley Legion holds last Remembrance Day Ceremony
Legion Veterans Village’s Rezoning & Subdivision Plan Approved by City of Surrey
Demolition and ground-breaking in Spring 2019
Whalley Legion to Hold Last Remembrance Day Ceremony on Sunday, November 11th at 10 a.m.
The Legion Veterans Village (LVV) development project in Surrey has passed fourth reading, with the City of Surrey approving the rezoning and subdivision plan at the October 1st Council Meeting.
The next steps are for the Lark Group, the developer of the LVV, to put a number of approvals in place with the City and the Land Titles office to complete and execute the subdivision plan. Demolition of the existing Whalley Legion and ground-breaking will commence in Spring 2019, with completion in Winter 2021/22.
The Legion Veterans Village is a $66 million social infrastructure investment in Surrey initiated by the Royal Canadian Legion BC/Yukon Command (BC/Yukon Command), the Whalley Legion Branch 229, and the Lark Group
Legion Veterans Village is Canada’s first Centre of Excellence for veterans and first responders that focuses on post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental health. It will also be an Innovation Centre for Rehabilitation, offering clinical rehabilitation services, research and the delivery of health care programs, services and trauma counseling for PTSD and mental health, which includes advance evidence-based services and programming in health, science and engineering, including innovations in robotics, assistive devices and technologies for injured veterans and first responders.
The Whalley Legion will be holding its last Remembrance Day ceremony and parade at its existing Whalley location (13525 106th Ave, Surrey) on Sunday, November 11th starting at 10 a.m. The Surrey Fire Fighters Pipe and Drum band will be part of this year’s parade, including the Whalley Legion’s Junior Band, as well as volunteers from the Surrey Crime Prevention Society and many other groups, with complimentary refreshments served at the Legion.
“This will be our last Remembrance Day ceremony at this historic location and we would like to invite the public to help us commemorate and honour our fallen soldiers,” says Tony Moore, President of the Whalley Legion Branch 229. “We’ve been serving the community for the last 71 years and we are excited to look ahead to new beginnings and new services we will be offering to veterans and first responders with our new Legion Veterans Village.”
The Whalley Legion was founded in 1947 when about 40 veterans gathered to start a local branch of the Canadian Legion in the Whalley area. One of the first organizations in Whalley’s Corner, next to the Ladies Community Guild, the originating members held their first meetings in local church basements and members’ garages. In 1951, the first Remembrance Service was held on the grounds of the Grosvenor Rd School, and a cenotaph built nearby. The existing location was built in 1960 after unprecedented growth in the area through fundraising, donated materials and labour.
The Whalley Legion is currently exploring several options for its temporary operating location, while their Cadet activities will be supported in temporary locations during construction.
Legion Veterans Village Features:
- A brand new, 10,500 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility for the Whalley Legion Branch 229, to include a community and social lounge/dining space for members and their 150 cadets, an assembly hall, office and kitchen space to service the facility and the community
- Social and affordable housing for veterans, first responders and seniors through BC Housing
- Temporary transitional and crisis housing facilities
- PTSD and Mental Health Clinics
- Mixed Medical and Dental Clinics
- Retail spaces
- Outdoor garden spaces
- Innovation Centre for Rehabilitation to include clinical and rehabilitation spaces to advance evidence-based services and programming in health, science and engineering, including innovations in robotics, assistive devices and technologies for injured veterans and first responders.