Getting ready for Remembrance Day
services in area
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.