St. Anthony’s Legion branch president Paul Arsenault, left, congratulates Comrade Alan Curtis on receiving the Dominion Command’s Meritorious Medal, the Legion’s highest award.
Eric McCarthy/Journal Pioneer
ALBERTON -- Alan Curtis is passionate about his service with the Royal Canadian Legion.
“I just believe in the principle of promoting remembrance, but, especially of looking after the veterans,” the Alberton resident reflected.
Curtis joined the Royal Canadian Legion with Iroquois Falls Branch 70 in Ontario in 1977 and transferred to the St. Anthony’s Branch 27 in Bloomfield five years later.
On Sunday, during the branch’s annual meeting, Curtis was presented with the Dominion Command’s Meritorious Service Medal, the Legion’s highest award.
Curtis performed his military service with the Royal Air Force from 1958 to 1971, serving as a radar systems and navigations technician. He spent a year in Goose Bay Labrador during his service and had an opportunity to travel all over Canada. Upon his retirement from the RAF he immigrated to Canada, subsequently settling in Alberton and joining St. Anthony’s Legion. He has been active in helping to compile information on all veterans from the Bloomfield and Alberton districts. That includes current day servicemen and women.
Curtis has been Service Officer with St. Anthony’s Branch since 2008 and became the Branch Chaplain this year. He served on the Dominion Command membership committee from 2005 to 2007, on the executive council from 2007 to 2009 and on the Poppy and Remembrance Committee in 2007-08. He served the past two years as chair of provincial command and provincial membership chair.
He also served on the local organizing committee for the 2012 National Legion track and field and 2013 National Legion curling championships.
While with Iroquois Falls, he served as chief of the Air Cadet Squadron which the Legion sponsored. His Air Cadet involvement has come full-circle as he has been on the executive of the P.E.I. Air Cadet Association since last year.
In the community, Curtis has been active with the Alberton Business Association since 2005, president of the Alberton Library Association since 2004, volunteer manager of the Alberton Arts and Heritage Center since 2009, a board member of the Community Museum Association since 2009 and he joined the Order of P.E.I. committee this year. He has a life membership in the legion and is a 2011 recipient of the Minister of Veterans Affairs commendation and da 2013 recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.