Get­ting ready for Re­mem­brance Day

ser­vices in area

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

The Stanstead Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch no. 5 has be­gun its Poppy Cam­paign and those bright red blooms are for sale in just about ev­ery place of busi­ness in town. “The pop­pies just went out Fri­day af­ter­noon to all the busi­nesses in town and the Post Of­fices,” said the pres­i­dent of the Stanstead Le­gion, David Woodard. Mr. Woodard and Stanstead Le­gion mem­ber Linda Durocher keep hun­dreds of pop­pies in their cars just to keep their ‘out­lets’ sup­plied. “The sales of pop­pies have been in­creas­ing ev­ery year, in Stanstead and across the coun­try,” com­mented Mr. Woodard who is into his seventh year as pres­i­dent.

Tick­ets for the Stanstead Le­gion’s an­nual Re­mem­brance Day Din­ner and Cer­e­monies, to be held on Satur­day, Novem­ber 10th, at the Le­gion Hall, are now avail­able and peo­ple can call the Le­gion at 819 876-5844 to re­serve. “Vice-pres­i­dent Lisa Shel­ton from the Quebec Com­mand will be with us for the Din­ner,” men­tioned the pres­i­dent. Mrs. Shel­ton will be pre­sent­ing her fa­ther, Dean Cor­bett, with an hon­orary medal for fifty years of ser­vice with the Stan­tead Le­gion. Also be­ing hon­oured for fifty or more years of ser­vice to this Branch are Lloyd Bishop and Richard Wal­lace. Mrs. Wal­lace will ac­cept the medal on be­half of her hus­band.

The CAB RH Rediker’s di­rec­tor, My­lene LaBonté, will be the guest speaker of the evening. The Stanstead Le­gion is a big sup­porter of the vol­un­teer cen­tre, part­ner­ing on fundrais­ing projects such as the “Mem­ory Tree” which is lit in De­cem­ber to hon­our loved ones who have passed away. “As usual, we’ll also be giv­ing away five bur­saries to wor­thy students at the Re­mem­brance Day Din­ner,” added Mr. Woodard.

Mem­bers of the Le­gion are plan­ning four sep­a­rate Re­mem­brance Day Ser­vices around the area, their an­nual parade from the Le­gion Hall to

Sev­eral Hack­ett Park, on Satur­day, Novem­ber 10th, and the Church parade from Christ Church, Sun­day, Novem­ber 11th. A full sched­ule will be in next week’s edition of the Stanstead Jour­nal. “Our MP Jean Rousseau will be at our parade on Satur­day, the Hack­ett Park ser­vice and at the Din­ner.”

The Stanstead Le­gion has also or­ga­nized vis­its to the two Stanstead el­e­men­tary schools on Fri­day, Novem­ber 9th. “Com­rade Don­ald Tay­lor, the first vice-pres­i­dent of our Le­gion who is a World War II vet­eran, will speak to the chil­dren at Sun­ny­side,” said Mr. Woodard. Michelle Richard, a town coun­cilor who served many years with the Cana­dian Armed Forces, will speak to the chil­dren at Jardin-des Fron­tieres school, as she has done in pre­vi­ous years.

Stanstead Le­gion mem­ber Linda Durocher pre­sented mayor Philippe Du­til with his poppy last Fri­day.

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