Sackville Le­gion’s an­nual poppy cam­paign un­der­way


The Sackville Le­gion’s an­nual poppy cam­paign of­fi­cially got un­der­way Fri­day, giv­ing area res­i­dents a chance to pay trib­ute to those who made in­cred­i­ble – and some­times ul­ti­mate – sac­ri­fices for their coun­try, while also help­ing to sup­port sev­eral wor­thy causes.

Vic­tor Sears, chair­man of Sackville’s poppy cam­paign, ex­plained last week that funds raised through the an­nual pro­gram help the lo­cal Le­gion con­tinue the im­por­tant work they do in the lo­cal com­mu­nity and beyond.

Sears said last year’s cam­paign saw more than $20,000 put back into the com­mu­nity.

“Just this last year, we pur­chased a wheel­chair for a vet­eran at the nurs­ing home via the fam­ily, we do high school bur­saries, we also sup­port our lo­cal cadet squadron; we do­nated $1,000 to the vet­er­ans’ home in Monc­ton... we’ve sup­ported the Drew Nurs­ing home – ac­tu­ally for the last three or four years – and last year it was a do­na­tion of $4,000 to help buy some Thera-glide chairs. And we also put money to­wards our an­nual vet­er­ans’ din­ner (and emer­gency ser­vice providers trib­ute).”

Alf Walker, first vice pres­i­dent for the lo­cal branch, added part of the funds raised through the an­nual poppy cam­paign also go to a na­tional pro­gram aimed at get­ting vet­er­ans off the street.

“The money raised is held in trust for the com­mu­nity,” Walker ex­plained, “and is spent on vet­er­ans, their fam­i­lies and youth in the com­mu­nity.”

In ad­di­tion to pop­pies, wreaths and crosses are also avail­able for pur­chase by busi­nesses and area res­i­dents through the lo­cal Le­gion.

Pop­pies them­selves can be picked up at var­i­ous lo­cal busi­nesses, and Le­gion mem­bers will be set up at the lo­cal liquor store

– Satur­day, Nov. 3

– Sun­day, Nov. 4

– Tues­day Nov. 6

– Wed­nes­day, Nov. 7

– Wed­nes­day, Nov. 7

– Thurs­day, Nov. 8

– Fri­day, Nov. 9

– Sun­day, Nov. 11 and Tim Hor­tons lead­ing up to Re­mem­brance Day. Lo­cal cadets and mem­bers of a hockey team sup­ported by the lo­cal Le­gion will also as­sist with the an­nual poppy cam­paign.

Lead­ing up to Re­mem­brance Day, lo­cal Le­gion mem­bers will be host­ing ser­vices in lo­cal schools, Nov. 6-8, and ser­vices will be held at the Sackville Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal Nov. 3 and at the Drew Nurs­ing home Nov. 9. A spe­cial church ser­vice is also planned at St. Paul’s Angli­can Church on the Sun­day be­fore Re­mem­brance Day.

As in pre­vi­ous years, area stu­dents will be able to en­ter the Le­gion poster and es­say-writ­ing con­test. First- and sec­ond-place win­ners at the lo­cal level will move on to the pro­vin­cial level for judg­ing, while the win­ners at that level ad­vance to the na­tional level.

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