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(Posted 9:30 a.m., Nov. 8)
Poppy Campaign proceeds benefit local recipients
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

With 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.

Last 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.

Kevin Lemire, (left) pins a poppy on Sam Carnegie’s lapel as Mike Adams looks on at the Real Canadian Superestore. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Last 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.

Frank Stacey is the service officer of Orléans Branch 632. He’s responsible for vetting any local requests for funding.

“We 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.”

The 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.

Besides 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.

The 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.

After 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 War.

During 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.

The 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.

Donations 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.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

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