Pop­pies come out Fri­day

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col­or­ful pop­pies will be head­ing out to lo­ca­tions all across the re­gion, on Fri­day, for this year’s an­nual Poppy Cam­paign. Linda Durocher is head­ing the Stanstead Le­gion’s (Branch no. 5) cam­paign again this year, bring­ing boxes of pop­pies to es­tab­lish­ments in Stanstead, Beebe and as far as Fitch Bay. Stanstead mayor Philippe Du­til will re­ceive his of­fi­cial poppy from mem­bers of the Stanstead Le­gion at the Town Hall on Fri­day morn­ing. On Satur­day, mem­bers of the Stanstead Le­gion will get the help of some lo­cal grade five stu­dents to plant white crosses at the graves of lo­cal Vet­er­ans. “We’ll be vis­it­ing about six or seven ceme­ter­ies,” said Le­gion pres­i­dent Larry Cuer­rier. “If any­one sees that we have missed some­one, they can call the Le­gion so we can get their name on our list,” added Mr. Cuer­rier. The Stanstead Le­gion will hold its an­nual Re­mem­brance Din­ner on Novem­ber 7th, 5:30 pm, and Stanstead Col­lege Head­mas­ter Michael Wolfe will be the guest speaker. Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to buy their tick­ets ahead of time.

Mem­bers of the Ayer’s Cliff Le­gion Branch no. 128 pre­sented their pop­pies to the may­ors of Ayer’s Cliff, Hat­ley and Stanstead East ear­lier in the month. “This cam­paign is the ma­jor source of fund­ing for the Le­gion to ac­com­plish its work. It is the gen­eros­ity of Cana­di­ans that en­ables the Le­gion to en­sure that our vet­er­ans and their de­pen­dants are cared for and treated with the re­spect they de­serve. Last year the com­mu­ni­ties of Ma­gog, Ayer’s Cliff, Hat­ley and Stanstead East gen­er­ously con­trib­uted over $5000 for their wel­fare,” com­mented Bri­gadier-Gen­eral (ret’d) Pol Bergevin, the head of the Ayer’s Cliff Le­gion’s Poppy Cam­paign. Ma­gog mayor Vicki May Hamm has also re­ceived her poppy from Branch no. 128. The Naval Cadets of Ma­gog will be sell­ing pop­pies for the branch on Novem­ber 1st and Novem­ber 7th, at both the Provigo and Metro stores in Ma­gog.

Launch­ing the lo­cal Poppy Cam­paign were (l. to r.) : Bri­gadier-Gen­eral (ret) Robin Gagnon, pres­i­dent Branch 128, Ayer’s Cliff Royal Cana­dian Le­gion; Gib­ert Ferland, mayor of Stanstead Est; De­nis Ferland, mayor of Hat­ley; Alec van Zuiden, mayor of Ayer’s Cliff; Dianne Saanum, vice-pres­i­dent, Branch 128; and Bri­gadier-Gen­eral (ret) Pol Bergevin, 2nd vice-pres­i­dent, Branch 128.

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