As the Devon Legion Branch Historian, I have always been on the search for photographs to illustrate the new Devon Legion "Pictorial History Book - 70th Anniversary Edition 1949-2019". One source of my photographs has been my own family's archives. Recently I uncovered seven colour slides of the 1974 Remembrance Day Parade from my father's collection. With the help of McBain Camera I was able to have the photographs converted to a digital jpeg format. The next seven photographs shown were converted from 35 mm colour slides taken by my father Mr. Alfred James (Bud) Morris. The primary individual in the photographs was Bud's wife and the Devon Legion Ladies Auxiliary President in 1974 my mother Mrs. Dorothy Morris. Visible in the first photograph below from left to right are LA President Dorothy Morris, what is believed to be LA Member Ann Husband (formerly Shand) holding the Union Jack flag and LA Member Mary Wagar who is holding the Canadian flag. As with all the photographs being shown in this article, the first photograph is the orignial 35 mm slide image and the second photograph is the altered photograph being used in the history book.
The following photographs show the 1974 Remembrance Day Parade marching east down Athabasca Avenue after the parade had formed up on Saskatchewan Avenue and Erie Street. The parade is marching to the Devon Elementary School (now known as the Robina Baker Elementary School) to attend the November 11th Remembrance Day ceremonies. Leading the parade is World War II veteran and Parade Marshall Comrade Bob Bailey wearing his dress Provost Marshall Canadian Corp uniform and the Sgt at Arms following is World War II veteran George Flett. Note that the Sgt at Arms is not wearing the traditional "Red Sash" as done today but instead he is wearing a "Blue & Gold Arm Band" indicating his position and role as Sgt at Arms.
The following two photographs are the Remembrance Day Parade as it arrives at the Devon Elementary School (now known as the Robina Baker Elementary School). The parade is moving westward on Jasper Court South after having marched east on Athabasca Avenue and south on Jasper Court East. Parade Marshall Bob Bailey is getting into position to call the Remembrance Day Parade to a halt.
The next three photographs show the Remembrance Day Parade after the services were held and the parade has made its way back to the Devon Legion. At this point the parade has marched west down Devon’s main street Athabasca Avenue and did a march past and salute at the Devon Legion Cenotaph. The parade is marching on Huron Street preparing to be dismissed in front of the Devon Legion where all the participants will proceed inside the Devon Legion for refreshments and lunch.
We Will Remember Them - Lest We Forget