Legion, military enthusiast to celebrate NATO anniversary

by | Apr 28, 2024

Woodstock Legion event to mark the 75th anniversary of Canada joining NATO

As NATO celebrates its 75th anniversary, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 11 in Woodstock will mark Canada’s entry with a special event on Tuesday, April 30.

The celebration, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Legion Hall on Carleton Street in downtown Woodstock, will include a small lunch and contributions from Jacksonville military history Aaron Bouma, founder and operator of the Carleton County Military Museum.

Bouma will deliver a presentation, showcase small displays and answer questions about NATO’s history.

France and the United Kingdom planted the seeds of NATO shortly after the end of the Second World War with the signing of the Treaty of Dunkirk in 1947 before expanding it to include Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg the following year.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s official creation, which saw Canada and the U.S. join the alliance, occurred on April 4, 1949, with Canada officially becoming a member on April 30.

NATO’s membership spread across Europe, and following the fall of the Soviet Union, former Soviet satellites joined the organization. Finland, in 2023, and Sweden, in 2024, became the newest members following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Woodstock Legion encourages the public to attend the celebration and offers a special invitation to veterans and members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Military enthusiast and owner of the Carleton County Military Museum. (Jim Dumville photo)

For road conditions, click the map

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.

You have successfully subscribed! A confirmation email has been sent to your email account. To complete your subscription, open the email and click on the confirmation link. (If you can't find it in your inbox, try your junk and spam folders.) If you'd like to receive our updates more than once a week, please click the "Manage your subscription" link at the bottom of your Newsletter.