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New Kensington Legion hits close to home for city councillor

Last Updated Mar 4, 2016 at 12:45 pm MST

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A sod-turning in northwest Calgary has some personal significance to a local city councillor.

Ward 12 Councillor Shane Keating took part in the re-location of the Kensington Legion, something that’s close to his heart since his nephew died in Afghanistan back in 2006.

Keating told 660 NEWS his nephew would be proud to see what’s happening in the city.

“When you look at what’s going here, I’m quite sure that he’s quite happy today to see the revitalization of this branch, because it’s not only getting a brand new facility for its members, but it’s getting a facility that has commercial enterprise within the same building, which goes to the Legion and allows them to stay sustainable and viable,” Keating said.

Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr was also on hand for Friday’s ceremony and said the new location will compliment the already existing building.

“The Legion and its partners in the area came up with a development that is going to provide not only housing, but it’s going to make the legion strong and vibrant in that community going forward,” Hehr said. “The legion has always played an important role for our veterans, and in fact, the community.”

He added this development was only possible thanks to the hard work of community partners and legion members.

Construction on the facility will start immediately, and the building is expected to be open in about a year.