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WATCH: Last call at the old Legion

"Its kind of sad, but you have to keep in mind, the memories don't go down with the building" says Legion president Helen Stewart

Music courtesy of Algoma Brass fills the halls of the Sault Legion as members enjoy one last hurrah before moving to their temporary home in the Marconi Club.

A plan to demolish and rebuild the Legion has been in the works since 2019.

Demolition is expected to commence Aug. 8.

"It's kind of sad, but you have to keep in mind, the memories don't go down with the building" says Legion president Helen Stewart.

Helen has been president since 2019 and a long-time member before that.

In that time she's seen the needs of the members change.

"In '62 they had 2,000 members all fortyish years old so the stairs didn't matter. Now our 600 and some members don't want to do stairs."

The plans for the new space address these issues and more.

The bar and service offices will be moved onto the main floor and seven to eight floors of apartments will be added to accommodate the vets along with additional supports such as an on-site physiotherapist and psychologists.