Gavel returns to Mission Legion Sept. 24

The Legion’s International Friendship Gavel is being passed back to the local branch next weekend.

The 86th passing of the gavel happens Sept. 24, where Mission Royal Canadian Legion Branch 57 accepts the item back from American Legion Post 129 from Oak Harbour, Wash. in a ceremony starting at with a parade.

The gavel is passed each year between two Legions as a way to represent the getting together of Canadian and American veterans and helps maintain the friendship between the two countries.

The lounge opens at 11 a.m. and the grill is being fired up for the all-day barbecue.

The parade forms up on View Avenue at 12:30 p.m. and marches off at 1 p.m. ending at the Legion, located at 32627 Logan Ave., with the gavel passing ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Entertainment starts at 3 p.m.

Everyone is invited to attend.