Fly­ing the poppy

PAL Air­lines part­ners with Royal Cana­dian Le­gion to sup­port na­tional re­mem­brance cam­paign

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For the sec­ond time in as many years, PAL Air­lines is part­ner­ing with the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion in this prov­ince in sup­port of the na­tion’s vet­er­ans.

Through­out the le­gion’s two-week na­tional poppy cam­paign, one of PAL’s Dash 8 air­crafts will bear poppy de­cals on both sides of its tail as it trav­els through­out the air­line’s route net­work in New­found­land and Labrador and Que­bec.

In ad­di­tion, PAL will have poppy pins avail­able for a do­na­tion at coun­ters in eight of the air­ports around the prov­ince and is en­cour­ag­ing its pas­sen­gers to do­nate and wear a pin in sup­port of the cause.

“This sup­port­ing of the poppy cam­paign is very im­por­tant to all Cana­di­ans and the more we can show the poppy in the proper way with proper re­spect is very im­por­tant to us,” says Berkley Lawrence, pres­i­dent of the le­gion’s pro­vin­cial com­mand.

“For PAL Air­lines to come on and get per­mis­sion from our na­tional head­quar­ters to fly the poppy on their plane, it’s tremen­dous.”

In 2016, PAL sup­ported the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion by fly­ing more than 30 vet­er­ans to St. John’s from the prov­ince’s west coast and Labrador to par­tic­i­pate in the 100th-an­niver­sary com­mem­o­ra­tion of the Bat­tle of Beau­mont Hamel.

“We are de­lighted to be able to sup­port them once again to re­mem­ber all the brave women and men who have sac­ri­ficed so much for our prov­ince and coun­try,” stated Calvin Ash, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer with PAL Air­lines.

KENN OLIVER/THE TELE­GRAM

Royal Cana­dian Le­gion New­found­land and Labrador Pro­vin­cial Com­mand pres­i­dent Berkley Lawrence (left), past-pres­i­dent Frank Sul­li­van, cen­tre, and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Paul Hil­lier with the PAL Air­lines Dash 8 that will bear the sym­bol of re­mem­brance through­out the two-week na­tional poppy cam­paign. Pop­pies will also be avail­able, with a do­na­tion, at eight air­port coun­ters through­out the prov­ince.

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