Every year on Nov. 11, Canadians take a moment to remember our veterans–men and women who fought and died to protect the Canadian way of life.
We also remember and honour those veterans who survived the wars, those who have since passed away, and those who remain with us.
We, as Canadians, are thankful for their sacrifices both at home and abroad.
One way to show our gratitude is to support the Royal Canadian Legion’s annual “Poppy Campaign.”
Members of the Royal Canadian Legion strive to keep the memory alive of the 117,000 Canadians who paid the supreme sacrifice in the service of Canada during war and on subsequent operations since Korea.
The Poppy Campaign is the foundation of the Legion’s Remembrance program. The Legion provides people the opportunity to remember by wearing a poppy and holding a Remembrance Day service.
The Legion also sponsors a poster and literary contest to involve our youth in this act of remembrance.
The Poppy Campaign runs from the last Friday in October until Nov. 11.
During this time, you will see Legion members, as well as members of our local Sea and Air Cadets, in front of various businesses selling poppies. You also will see crosses and wreaths displayed in the stores that have purchased them.
On Nov. 11, the cenotaph at the Fort Frances Cemetery will be ablaze with red and green wreaths and crosses purchased by service clubs, organizations, businesses, and individuals to remember and honour our veterans.
The money raised in the local Poppy Campaign stays in Fort Frances to support our veterans and their dependents. There are guidelines from Dominion Command as to the disbursement of these funds.
Locally-raised donations are used to purchase supplies for the following year’s campaign, awards for the local poster/literary contest, emergency assistance to veterans, and equipment/supplies as outlined in the Poppy Manual.
There are other expenses, as outlined in the manual, the money can be used for.
Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, organizations, service clubs, and the general public, the 2007 Poppy Campaign raised $11,440.48. Of those funds, $9,912 was spent on equipment at Rainycrest.
Poppy funds are made available through the generosity of the Canadian public. They are part of a public trust between Canadians and the Legion.
The local Poppy Committee is dedicated to running a successful campaign, and ensuring our veterans receive the respect and thanks they deserve.
Next month, please remember the sacrifices veterans have made for you and support the local Poppy Campaign.