By Ralph Caseley and Tom Prescott
Over the years many veterans have settled in Riverview, and as the Town grew, it became more and more desirable for the veterans to band together locally to ensure proper Remembrance Day services are conducted and to support the needs of the veterans in the Town.
This was started in the mid-1960s by a group of veterans from St. Paul's United Church, who, with a group of veterans from other churches, joined together in a Remembrance Sunday Parade and service. The parade formed up at the Town Fire Hall and marched to St. Paul's. The group grew from year to year, with good support from the Riverview Firefighters, the R.C.M.P. and the band of the 8th Hussars (Prince Louise's Militia) from Sackville.
Following the 1983 parade, a dinner was held for the veterans. Twenty-three members attended, and the formation of a Riverview association was discussed, with the result that on January 24, 1984, an organization was formed, with a membership of 27. Ralph Caseley was elected President; M.R. (Mike) Reid, Vice President; and W.A. (Bill) West, Secretary-Treasurer; and great credit goes to these gentlemen for their drive in getting this started.
The Association has grown to approximately 120 active members, and is dedicated to the care of veterans in Riverview. With the outstanding support of the firefighters, a fund drive was undertaken to raise money for the erection of a Cenotaph in Riverview, and the development of a memorial park where it is located. The Cenotaph was formally dedicated by H.R.H. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on September 26, 1984. The Memorial is located in Honour Court near the Town Hall.