On Oct. 30, the annual poppy campaign starts up in Virden with the poppy boxes going into the community.
Each November poppies blossom on the lapels and collars of almost half of Canada’s entire population. Since 1921, the poppy has stood as a symbol of remembrance, our visual pledge to never forget all those Canadians who have fallen in war and military operations.
We as members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch no. 8 strive to keep the memory alive of the 117,000 Canadian men and women who paid the supreme sacrifice in the service of Canada during war, and on subsequent operations since Korea.
Our goal is achieved through our annual poppy campaign and the Remembrance Day services.
We would like to take this time to ask our local businesses and individuals in our community for donations. The money raised during our annual poppy campaign is used within our local area and in our community to help those who have a need.
As well, we provide bursaries for education and medical equipment.
2020 has been a challenging year for all of us. With COIVD-19 restrictions, on our usual Remembrance Day we ask that if you cannot be present at a memorial service, that you take part in a two-minute silence at 11 a.m. on your doorstep this year. Poppies will be available, with black center pins, through the Legion clubroom.