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Thursday , 29 July 2021

Poppy campaign begins in the Lakeland to remember sacrifice and service

The poppy campaign to remember those who lost their lives serving Canada has begun.

Beginning October 25, Royal Canadian Legion branches across the country have placed poppy bins in shops looking for donations and more importantly to consider the impact and sacrifice of Canadian Armed Forced members during the lead up to Remembrance Day.

“The poppy campaign reminds us to remember our past and to respect our present freedom and to celebrate our future freedom made possible by those that sacrificed their lives and those that still put their life on the line every day,” said Jamie Beaupre, Bonnyville Legion Manager.

“Every penny raised by the wreath and poppy campaign stays to help out those on our community, young and old,” he said.

The poppy campaign runs until Remembrance Day, November 11, and the poppy is to be worn on the left side over the heart.

The phenomenon started when Canadian military doctor wrote his famous poem In Flanders Fields after the funeral of a friend who died in the Second Battle of Ypres in World War I.

Wreaths are available by contacting Jamie Beaupre at the Legion.

 

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.