From (left to right) MP Parm Bains, councillor Bill McNulty, MP Wilson Miao.
Photo by Florence Gordon
2023 Poppy Campaign
Published 12:48 PST, Thu November 9, 2023
The Royal Canadian Legion this year’s poppy campaign runs from Friday Oct. 27 to Nov. 11, 2023.
As always, you’ll see the Cadets volunteering their time throughout the community offering poppies in return for a small donation. In this case, our local politicians are at Ironwood on a very chilly day supporting our veterans, while promoting the poppy campaign.
The poppy has been widely recognized as a symbol of remembrance, since it was first adopted in 1921. By wearing the poppy, we demonstrate our thanks to those who gave their lives for the freedom we enjoy. We tend to think of veterans as soldiers who served in wars from the past. I was reminded recently, that the soldiers returning home today from serving in countries under conflict are also veterans.
In a conversation with Matthew McBride of the Richmond Legion the question was asked “what happens to the funds raised from the poppy campaign”. McBride advised “all funds raised in Richmond, stay in Richmond to provide immediate assistance to ex-service men, women and their families in need. This could include food, shelter or medical attention for them or their families.”
The pandemic resulted in a different Remembrance Day service, but we still paid our respect with 2 minutes of silence in the privacy of our homes. This year, the City of Richmond will provide a Remembrance Day service similar to what we’ve seen in the past. Please remember our veterans on the eleventh hour—of the eleventh day—of the eleventh month. For additional information richmondlegion.ca