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Lethbridge United Services Institute

Legacy of Alberta Bronze Project

About

Our members consists of retired military, Ex RCMP and civilians who are interested in military matters.

We meet the second Wednesday of each month to hear a speaker except July and August. We have two social gatherings with spouses featuring a BBQ in June and a potluck supper in December.


Speakers start at 7 pm and speak for approximately 45 minutes followed by questions and answers. After the presentation members are invited to the monthly meeting. We also belong to the Conference of Defence Associations as an associate member.

Mission is to support the Canadian Armed Forces and to keep our members informed on current military affairs and developments; to support the Canadian Armed Forces (Regular and Reserve) and the cadet movement; and to act as a link between the Canadian Forces and the general public so that the role and requirements for an adequate Armed Forces can be enhanced and better understood.

To do this we engage in attracting quality speakers. These speakers are fundamental to achieve our goals within our community. Our members continue to better understand what goes into creating an effective military.

History

We received our charter on Vimy Ridge Day

 9 April 1984.   In 2019 we are celebrating are 35th anniversary. 

Our group has evolved to keep up with the constant change the military faces in carrying out their mission.

Speaker Program

To educate our members and the general public we seek out and engage in attracting quality speakers.

These speakers are fundamental to achieve our goals within our local community. Our members continue to better understand what goes into creating an effective military. 

The public is invited to attend for free on the 2nd Wednesday of the Month.

2019 Schedule

Speakers start at 7 pm at the Legion and speak for approximately 45 minutes followed by questions and answers.

March 

Speakers: 

Jim Ogston The Lethbridge Highlanders 113th Infantry Battalion

Glenn Miller The Canadian Defence Association Conference  

April

This year marks our 35th Anniversary 

To celebrate this and commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Canadians at JUNO Beach we are excited to bring back again the very much in demand and popular live play Jake's Gift. 

Details are being finalized so please stay tuned....There will be an afternoon performance 4th May at the Lethbridge Legion with all proceeds going towards the Legacy of Alberta bronze project.


Legacy of Alberta Bronze Project

Read coverage from Lethbridge Herald 8 Feb 2019 

We are pleased to unveil our bronze project in tribute to veterans while recognizing the long standing connection Lethbridge has become known as an Artillery City being associated with the Artillery since 1 February 1908. Lethbridge has contributed many units in times of war and peace and continues to provide artillery with the 20th Independent Field Battery R.C.A. Lethbridge is also now home to an armoured unit consisting of 3 Troop A Squadron of The South Alberta Light Horse.

At the beginning of WW1 the 25th Battery were offered from Lethbridge. At the time only one officer and a draft of 25 men were authorized and travelled to Ottawa to join the 2 Battery. As the war progressed the 20th Battery consisting of 4 guns was authorized to be formed from Alberta. The Commanding Officer Major John Stewart travelled to Edmonton to recruit men to operate one of the guns, while Captain Alvin Ripley the Second in Command, travelled to Calgary to recruit men to operate a second gun. The other two guns were recruited Lethbridge and area men. Many of whom had trained with the 25th Battery established in Lethbridge since 1908. As the war progressed the need for additional batteries became apparent. The 39th, 61st were authorised to be raised and when recruited to full strength were sent overseas. As the war raged on men were less available but the 78th (Overseas) Depot Battery was formed to train drafts of men as required for service overseas.  One of these Gunners, would be on the gun crew that fired the last round at the end of the war serving in the 39th Battery. All of the Artillery units raised in Alberta came from the City of Lethbridge. After the Great War the 61st and 78th were transferred to Edmonton and Red Deer and continue the Gunner tradition today serving in the 20th Field Regiment R.C.A. 

In WW2 Lethbridge raised batteries again for King and Country seeing the 20th, 39th and 112th fight overseas.  The Artillery had a strong presence in Lethbridge and southern Alberta post WW2 as well with units established in Fort McLeod and Pincher Creek. Alberta can be proud of the Legacy of the many Artillery units that have proudly served and contributed to the Army over the last 111 years and continue that Legacy today with units in Lethbridge, Edmonton and Red Deer. 


Our concept to honour that Legacy of Alberta depicts a WW1 18 pounder field gun as used by the Lethbridge batteries during the Great War for Civilization being drawn by 6 horses and their drivers. The 18 pounder field gun will be modelled after the gun that fired the last round of WW1 that has a Lethbridge  connection! This theme was chosen to represents the Artillery connection from 1908 to present day across the units in Alberta. 

The maquette measures 4 feet long in 1/12th scale and will be available to see on display at the Lethbridge Exhibition in the South Pavilion by end of February.


  1. Our goal is to raise $200,000 to create a bronze of 1/4 scale measuring 12 feet by November 2019 in order to commission local artist Don Toney during Veterans Week. The project was unveiled 7 Feb 2019 in partnership with Exhibition Park, Lethbridge County, local artist Don Toney and Chris Oates Photography.


  1. Thank you to our generous donors who have help us raise already:  $1,550 of $200,000


Donations can be made by cheque or in person by cash or debit at Lethbridge County administration building 905 4th Avenue South Lethbridge. An official tax receipt at the time of donation will be issued by Lethbridge County.

Please make your cheque out to:
Lethbridge County 
#100   905 - 4th Avenue South
Lethbridge, Alberta T1J4E4
Attention: Lethbridge United Services Institute  


 


Check out our media coverage from the launch!

98.1 The Bridge   http://www.981thebridge.ca/news/lethbridge-news/bronze-war-monument-planned-for-lethbridge-exhibition-park/


Lethbridge News Now  https://lethbridgenewsnow.com/...


Global TV Lethbridge  https://globalnews.ca/news/4937203/funds-raised-lethbridge-exhibition-park-military-monument/


CTV Lethbridge  https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/vid...


Lethbridge Herald Hometown News  

https://lethbridgeherald.com/news/lethbridge-news/2019/02/08/fundraising-begins-for-sculpture-to-honour-lethbridges-military-history/

Our partners 

Lethbridge County

Exhibition Park

Artist Don Toney

Photography Chris Oates

Jake's Gift

Do you have a story, picture or artifact of a family member to share? We would love to learn of their contributions to help bring our monument to life in educating the youth of tomorrow of the service, sacrifice and contributions of our men and women. 

Please send an email to Glenn Miller at gmiller114@shaw.ca or 403 360 6076 






 

Photos

Students from CCH before going to Vimy Ridge field trip Lethbridge Firefighters Pipe leads the 20th Independent Field Battery at the Vimy 100th parade A future career in the Air Force Listening about the Canadian carvings in the tunnels beneath Vimy Ridge Local artist DonToney with

Community Involvement

We have made a number of financial donations to 20th Independent Field Battery RCA, local cadet corps, the Lethbridge Military Museum, and other military and youth related organizations in order that they can better carry out their missions.

Military Heritage in Lethbridge

20th Independent Field Battery RCA

Tickets on sale now for annual Vimy Ridge Dinner 6 April cost $150 with $50 tax receipt.

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429 Transport Squadron RCAF

17705 c17 landing in lethbridge

A Troop Southern Alberta Light Horse Regiment 

TAPV

Lethbridge Military Museum

click here for interactive mural

Finished Display   Screen hi res

Contact Us

Lethbridge United Services Institute

PO BOX 2126

Lethbridge, Alberta 

T1J 4K7

info@lethbridgeusi.ca

About CDA

The Conference of Defence Associations was established in 1932 to study the problems of defence and security and to promote the efficiency and well-being of Canada’s Armed Forces.

More than 75 years later, the CDA is still the leading national voice on those original issues which have expanded to include national sovereignty, individual liberty and freedom, and developments around the globe which affect the peace and security of Canada.

The CDA is the oldest and most influential advocacy group in Canada’s defence community, representing 52 associations from all parts of the country. The CDA expresses its ideas and opinions with a view to influencing government security and defence policy. It is a non-partisan, independent, and non-profit organization.

The objectives of the CDA are:

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