Local mayors first to wear poppies proudly
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.