Almost 100 years after first opening its doors, the Drumheller branch of the Royal Canadian Legion has had its sign on Centre street refurbished.
Impressively, the Legion was still displaying its original sign, although Drumheller Legion President Burt Cote said its age was definitely starting to show.
"It was the original sign and there was no colour left on it. It was so faded, you couldn't even see the colour of the poppies, couldn't see the colour of the crown, couldn't see the blackness of the 'Royal Canadian Legion.'"
Thanks to local volunteers, the sign now looks brand new.
"Chris Pope and his daughters did a lot of work," explained Cote. "They spent about 70 hours repainting it because it was so faded and broken. So they repaired it, and I hung it up this morning."
The sign was meant to be hung on Friday evening ahead of Remembrance Day, but that was pushed back because the sign post wasn't quite ready for installation. However, Cote was out bright and early on Saturday morning to hang the sign before heading to the Badlands Community Facility for the Legion's Remembrance Day ceremony.
Besides, some might say that having the new sign installed on Nov. 11 is more fitting.
"[The sign] looks absolutely gorgeous and today is the Legion's 94th birthday," said Cote.