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Poppy Campaign: 26 Oct 2007
LEST WE FORGET
PRESS RELEASE – LEST WE FORGET
Every year, for about two weeks prior to Remembrance Day – November 11th – The Royal Canadian Legion conducts the Remembrance and Poppy Campaign.
The Remembrance and Poppy Campaign is intended to remind Canadians of the debt they owe those who died in the military, Merchant Navy and Ferry Command services of Canada during two world wars, the Korean War and other theatres throughout the world. Donations received during the campaign are placed in trust accounts and used throughout the year to assist needy veterans, ex-service members and their families. Former members of the Commonwealth and allied military services may also be eligible to receive benefits from these funds.
During the annual campaign some 18 million poppies are distributed across Canada.
Activities supported by donations to Poppy Trust Funds include:
- Assisting needy veterans, ex-service members and their families;
- Purchasing medical appliances;
- Funding medical research and training;
- Providing bursaries to the children and grandchildren of veterans and ex-service
- Funding accommodation and care facilities for veterans, seniors and disabled
The Royal Canadian Legion Fred Gies (Ontario No. 50) Branch in Kitchener, Ontario, is very proud to have 65 veterans representing both WWII and the Korean War, as part of their membership.
Today, Friday, October 26, 2007, is the start of “The Remembrance and Poppy Campaign 2007” and Branch 50 is holding a special kick-off activity at 10:30 a.m., which will feature our Branch President, Comrade Dave Davidson, veteran of the Korean War, and, Comrade George Morrison, a distinguished veteran of both WWII and the Korean War.
The first poppy box deliveries will be made by Jerry Prince, Randy Kuhn and Randy Cameron, who will be riding motorcycles on their route. Comrade Prince’s son Wesley, is currently serving with the Armed Forces in Afghanistan, giving this year’s campaign special meaning for him, as well as for Comrades Jim Fraser and Diane Zarzycki, whose family members have now returned home safely following their tour of duty.
Please support our past and future veterans - wear a Poppy for Remembrance.
Gloria McKibbin, Public Relations Officer
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