PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – In September, Marjory Jopling proudly accepted her 60th-anniversary pin from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 52 ladies’ auxiliary in Peterborough.
The 97-year-old Springdale Country Manor resident was accompanied by her daughter, Lynda Robson, who is herself a 20-year member of the ladies’ auxiliary, and Sonia Murney, Springdale Country Manor’s life enrichment co-ordinator.
Marjory has served at three legions since 1958: Peterborough, Bridgenorth and Lakefield.
She received her 50-year pin at Lakefield in 2009 as well as her lifetime membership.
The ladies’ auxiliary is made up of volunteers who organize banquets, weddings and anniversaries. Auxiliary members also sell poppies ahead of Remembrance Day and participate in parades and ceremonies.
While she is no longer active in the ladies’ auxiliary, Marjory has participated in Remembrance Day services at Springdale Country Manor.
Marjory laid the wreath at the Remembrance Day service at the home last year and she will be doing it again when representatives from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 52 return to the home in November to host the annual Remembrance Day service.
Lynda says she and her mother are proud to serve in the ladies’ auxiliary for a combined 80 years.
“You’re there to serve the veterans and to remember the veterans,” Lynda says.
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