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.