OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 8, 2013) - Mr. Gordon Moore, Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion, acknowledged International Women's Day and the huge strides women have made in the Canadian Forces earlier today at Dominion Command.
"Women served as nurses in the Canadian military as early as 1901," said Mr. Moore. From these humble beginnings women have achieve employment equity in 1989 when all branches of the Canadian Forces were opened to women," added Mr. Moore. "I congratulate the Canadian military for realizing that one's ability and not one's gender should be the litmus test for service in the Military. For these same reasons the Legion salutes our military women on this special day and is proud to welcome serving servicewomen as well as retired female Veterans in the Legion," said Mr. Moore.
"Likewise, we salute our Ladies' Auxiliary. During World War One, as wounded soldiers returned home, women were asked to help with their recovery by visiting hospitals, sending parcels to the hospitalized and to needy families. While their roles may have changed over the years, the women of the Ladies' Auxiliary deserve a moment of recognition on International Women's Day for their continued outstanding support for our military members and Veterans and their families," concluded Mr. Moore.
Last year, The Royal Canadian Legion marked 70 years of service by Canada's military women by sponsoring several activities and issuing a special commemorative pin.
About The Legion
Established in 1926, the Legion is the largest Veterans service organization in Canada with more than 330,000 members. Its mission is to serve all Veterans including serving Canadian Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police members, and their families, to promote Remembrance and to serve our communities and our country.
The Royal Canadian Legion's Service Bureau Network Service Officers can assist and represent still serving CF members Veterans, RCMP members and their families regarding disability claims or related issues with Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board (VRAB). We provide professional counselling, and representation services at all stages of the disability claim process under the Pension Act or the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act, commonly referred to as the New Veterans Charter.