Today I just wandered. I took in my bottles and then walked along Powell street to Clark Drive. I took a few pictures of things that looked interesting. Like this place.
What caught my attention was the year it was started. This business is only thirty years younger than the city itself. Interesting.
At the end of World War I there were about fifteen organizations to help veterans. Unfortunately the efforts of these groups were fragmented and not very successful. So in 1925 The Canadian Legion of the British Empire Services League (BESL) began in Winnipeg. At that time the objective was to provide a strong voice for WWI veterans and to advise the government on issues that veterans face. The legion has been instrumental in protecting the rights and ensuring that those who have fought so that we can live the life we do are taken care of.
The legion has changed with the times and is known for its community involvement as well as the service to veterans. Perhaps the legion is most well known for the Poppy campaign every November. That is when citizens of Canada donate money and where a fake poppy as a remembrance of those who died in war. The monies raised go to help veterans and their families.
For the past weeks I have been walking around and something is going on. I see this message painted on walls etc.
One of the best things about walking around,taking photos and learning about Vancouver is the people I meet. Today I met a First Nations artist by the name of Bruce Morrisseau. He allowed me to take photos of his tattoos for a feature I want to on tattoos. I enjoy it when the bearer of these designs tells me a little bit about the history.
I hope you find the beauty around you.
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