Lo­cal may­ors first to wear pop­pies proudly

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE -

Mem­bers of the Ayer’s Cliff branch of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion launched their an­nual Poppy Cam­paign, last week, by pre­sent­ing pop­pies to the lo­cal may­ors. After last week’s tragic deaths of two mem­bers of our Armed Forces, many Cana­di­ans are anx­ious to proudly wear the poppy, the visual pledge to “never for­get all those Cana­di­ans who have fallen in war and mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions.” The of­fi­cial cam­paign runs from Oc­to­ber 31st to Novem­ber 11th, when pop­pies can be bought in stores, restau­rants, busi­nesses and many other lo­ca­tions in the re­gion.

“The pop­pies will be avail­able in about twenty lo­ca­tions in Ayer’s Cliff, thirty in Magog, and a few in Ge­orgeville, Fitch Bay and Austin. We have about eight or nine vol­un­teers who work on the cam­paign, dis­tribut­ing them. We must go to the Tim Hor­ton’s, in Magog, daily to fill the box. We’re very grate­ful for the support

that we re­ceive,” com­mented Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Pol Bergevin (ret’d), the Poppy Chair­man of Ayer’s Cliff Branch no. 128.

The money raised by branches of the Le­gion is used to ben­e­fit lo­cal vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies. “There are very few vet­er­ans left, so now we’re help­ing the younger gen­er­a­tion,” said Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Bergevin.

Branch 128 of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion (Ayer’s Cliff) and its pres­i­dent, Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Robin Gagnon (ret’d) in­vite you to join in the Re­mem­brance ser­vices to be held in Hat­ley at 11 a.m. on Novem­ber 8th, Ayer’s Cliff at 11 a.m. on Novem­ber 9th, and at Magog at 11 a.m on Novem­ber 11th. A Re­mem­brance Day church ser­vice will take place at St. George’s in Ayer’s Cliff, at 9:15 am on Sun­day, be­fore the pa­rade to the Ceno­taph. Chil­dren will plant white crosses dur­ing the Ayer’s Cliff ser­vice. Stu­dents from Princess El­iz­a­beth El­e­men­tary School will lay wreaths and speak at the Magog Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice.

This year is the hun­dredth an­niver­sary of the start of the First World War.

Seen in the photo launch­ing the Ayer’s Cliff Le­gion’s Poppy Cam­paign are (l. to r.): Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Pol Bergevin (ret’d), Poppy Chair­man; Stanstead East mayor Gil­bert Fer­land; Hat­ley mayor De­nis Fer­land; Ayer’s Cliff mayor Alec

van Zuiden; and Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Robin Gagnon (ret’d), pres­i­dent of the Ayer’s Cliff Le­gion.

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