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RHLI Veterans Association - History

Unveiling of the Dieppe Memorial in front of the Association Hall

The RHLI Veterans' Association was founded in 1945 by a group of veterans who had served Canada and the Regiment during World War II. For many years, the Association met at various locations in Hamilton. In 1966, the present location of the club at 1353 Barton St East was purchased, giving all former and serving members a place to call their own. The function of the RHLI Association has since expanded to serve vets, retired and serving members of the Armed Forces from all branches of the Service.

As is well known, the Regiment was decimated on August 19th, 1942 in the raid on Dieppe. The RHLI Veterans' Association endeavours to keep the memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice for their country at Dieppe and in World War II alive in the hearts and minds of Hamiltonians and Canadians.

The more tangible contributions made by the RHLI Veterans' Association to veterans, retired and serving members of the Forces are:

  • Intervene on behalf of veterans with Veterans Affairs Canada to ensure that those who have served our country and their families receive the pension and disability benefits that they are entitled to;
  • Through the Poppy Fund, aid impoverished veterans and their families in obtaining such things as wheelchairs and glasses, which they would not otherwise be able to pay for. All of this is done with no expectation of repayment; and
  • Provide a social outlet for members and their families that fosters comaraderie through the many events held at the club.

The RHLI Veterans' Association is a completely non-profit group which channels all revenue generated other than operating expenses back to its members and the community at large.

The Association always welcomes new members! All former and serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces are invited, along with their families and friends, and members of the community. Come and participate with us in our veterans and community-oriented events or just come down to the clubhouse and enjoy yourselves!

Yearly membership dues are only $18.00 per year! Just come down to the club at 1353 Barton St East and see any member of the executive for information becoming a member.


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