Poppies come out Friday
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.