Since 1977, Calgary has been home to one of eight posts of the Jewish War Veterans of Canada. Thirty five years later, the Calgary post is one of only two remaining posts in Canada (including Toronto). Today there are 50 members and auxillary members, including Val Rimer who has been the Commander for twenty years and an active member since Bob Sattin opened Post Number 2. The average age of current members now is 85 years. Many of these men and women served in World War II, volunteering at the age of 18 or 19. The purpose of the posts are to maintain open communication and friendship for veterans and to maintain an understanding of the role Jews have played in the military for Canada.
In December 2006, members voted to create an endowment fund through the Jewish Community Foundation of Calgary so that their charitable activities could continue in perpetuity. “We focus on seniors and students and recognition of Jewish war veterans in the community” says Commander Rimer. “One important activity for us is hosting Remembrance day Kiddush lunches at Calgary temples and synagogues, and we want to continue this long after our members are gone. We are confident that the JCFC will ensure the longevity of these events of remembrance” says Rimer.
In 2001, The Jewish War Veterans and Tyler Trafford published “Memories on the March”, a tribute book commissioned by Post Number 2 that tells the adventurous and emotional stories of members during their service to Canada. To view a copy you can visit the library at the Calgary Jewish Community Centre.