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Alberta NWT Command

Alberta Command was created in 1926 along with other provincial commands at the founding convention of the Canadian Legion.

In 1974 the branches of the Northwest Territories joined to form Alberta-NWT Command.

Like all other Commands, Alberta’s grew most rapidly after World War II. At its membership peak, there were almost three hundred branches and over 70,000 members in communities from Northwest Territories to the southern border of Alberta.

The Royal Canadian Legion

The Royal Canadian Legion has its origins in the aftermath of the First World War.

Even before the armistice, Veterans were organizing, formally and informally, to maintain the comradeship they had known in the trenches of Europe.

More importantly, they were motivated to assist and support disabled Veterans, and the families of those killed. In 1917, 147 veterans associations merged to form the Great War Veterans Association; a major force in the formation of The Legion. By the mid-1920s, specialized groups like the Tubercular Veterans Association, Amputees Association and the Royal North West Mounted Police Veterans Association had reformed and there were almost twenty organizations reflecting the desire of “Returned Men” to continue to serve. The momentum to create a single national organization for Veterans was growing.

The Royal Canadian Legion began as the Canadian Legion of the British Empire Service League, created at the founding convention in Regina in early 1926, following a unity conference in Winnipeg the previous year. About a dozen Veteran’s organizations voted to join this new national organization. It became the Canadian Legion in 1958. In 1960, Her Majesty the Queen granted permission to rename the organization The Royal Canadian Legion

Today, The Royal Canadian Legion is Canada’s largest membership organization with over 360,000 members in more than 1600 branches across Canada, in the United States of America and in Europe.

Whatever the future holds, The Legion will not be deflected from its original mission to serve Veterans and their families, to promote Remembrance, and serve Canada and its communities.