9:30 a.m., Nov. 8)
Poppy Campaign proceeds benefit local recipients
By Fred Sherwin
millions worn by Canadians every year, the poppy has become
emblematic of a nation’s pride and sincere gratitude for
the men and women who have served their country through
the years and and those who continue to serve in hot spots
around the world.
year Canadians purchased more than 20 million poppies
generating over $16.5 million in revenue. The money raised
can only be used to assist military and RCMP veterans,
plus their immediate families, with medical costs, bills
and basic comforts.
Lemire, (left) pins a poppy on Sam Carnegie’s
lapel as Mike Adams looks on at the Real Canadian
Superestore. Fred Sherwin/Photo
year, the local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion raised
over $92,000. The proceeds from the Poppy Campaign were
used to support veterans and their families including
their widows and widowers; provide bursaries for their
grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and to purchase
medical equipment for veterans and their spouses.
Stacey is the service officer of Orléans Branch 632. He’s
responsible for vetting any local requests for funding.
do things like ‘Leave the Streets Behind’ which is a program
to help find shelter for veterans who are homeless and
living on the street; we purchase walkers and other aids
for wives of veterans who need them; and we have a bursary
program for children, grandchildren and now even great-grandchildren.”
Orléans Legion employs a small army of volunteers under
the direction of Poppy Campaign chairperson Barbara Johns.
The volunteers take turns manning installations around
the community at local gocery stores, the Canadian Store
on Innes Road, Walmart and the Place d’Orléans shopping
centre. As well, donation boxes can be found at local
banks, convenience stores and other retail outlets.
Legion members, the campaign recruits volunteers from
the 3018 Army Cadets and the 632 Phoenix Air Cadets, as
well as students in need of community service hours.
Poppy Campaign has its genesis in the famous poem “In
Flanders Fields”, written by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae
during the First World War, but it was an American teacher
who first used the poppy to symbolize remembrance.
reading McCrae’s poem in Punch Magazine, Moina Michael
made a pledge to always wear a poppy as a symbol of remembrance
for all those who sacrificed their lives in the Great
a visit to the United States in 1920, a French woman named
Madame Guerin learned of the custom and decided to make
and sell poppies to raise money for children in war-torn
areas of France.
Great War Veteran’s Association in Canada (the predecessor
of the Royal Canadian Legion) officially adopted the poppy
as its Flower of Remembrance on July 5, 1921.
to the Poppy Campaign can be made throughout the year
by visit-ing the Dominion Command website at www.legion.ca.
A variety of poppy-related paraphenalia is also available
in the online Poppy Store.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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