Legion recognizes military and RCMP sacrifices

Mickey Dumont — The Portage Citizen:  Cliff Steeden, 96, is one of Canada’s oldest surviving wartime veterans and on Sept. 19 he received a 90th Anniversary pin during the 6th Annual Veteran’s Dinner.

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Cliff Steedon, 96, one of two longest-serving Portage la Prairie Legion Branch #65 members, is helped by Kay Humphrey, one of the branch’s newest members with a branch 90th anniversary pin. Mickey Dumont/Citizen photo

The annual dinner is one way the Portage la Prairie branch reaches out to veteran’s and the community at large to celebrate the service and sacrifice past and serving military and RCMP have given to their country and fellow citizen.

Steeden first served at Shilo and then Southport as an airplane mechanic working on the storied de Havilland Tiger Moth trainer.

Interior of the de Havilland Tiger Moth factory in Britain circa 1939.

Steedon can also boast a storied service career to his community. Along with William Simpson, the 96-year-old can boast of 64 years of service at the local Legion. Both are life members and have been presented with a 90th Anniversary Pin for Branch 65 which will celebrate its 90th birthday on Dec. 6th.

The Legion has undertaken the goal of “90 for 90” and is looking to re-engage former members or to recruit new ones.

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