By Lori Garcia
On February 7, members of the Marquis of Granby gathered at the Shannon-Shattuck Post 182 of the American Legion for a special celebration. The American Legion was presented with the prestigious Marquis of Granby Peacock Award, which recognizes long-standing commitment and support for the Marquis by an individual or organization in the community. The award is cross-stitched by hand each year by a Marquis parent with an 18th century peacock design. “The peacock is figured prominently on the Marquis of Granby’s family crest, where it symbolizes longevity. The Marquis Peacock Award is intended to honor individuals and community organizations who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership contributing to the continued strength of the Corps,” explained Marquis Director Audrey Lampert.
The American Legion supports the Marquis in many ways. Many times over the corps’ 45 year history, the Legion has contributed funds for special events, the most recent being their trip to Switzerland in 2012 when the proceeds from the Legion’s popular pancake breakfast were donated to the Marquis. “Contributions like that meant that every single member of our corps that wanted to go on that trip was able to,” says Lampert. “One of our core missions is to serve veterans, so of course the Marquis and the Legion share a common bond around those efforts. They provide lunch to our corps every year during Granby’s Memorial Day celebration, and we were happy to host a dinner as a fundraiser for the new memorial that was unveiled on the Granby town green last spring.”
Several Legion members were present to accept the award, and James Hall graciously spoke on behalf of the Post to accept it, and to thank the Marquis corps members for their hard work.
The Marquis of Granby Ancient Fyfe and Drum Corps has been an honored tradition in Granby since its inception in 1969. Membership is open to interested youth, typically age 9 and up, in Granby and surrounding towns. For more information, visit www.marquisofgranby.org.
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