The Royal Canadian Legion 2017 National Poppy Campaign, which gets underway each year on the last Friday of the month, got underway today.
Accordingly, Perth-Upon-Tay, Branch 244, launched their poppy campaign with a symbolic presentation of the first poppy to John Gemmell, Perth’s Deputy Mayor and President of Branch 244. The presentation was made by Stacey Niceliu, poppy chairman for the branch.
Poppy boxes will be located in many local establishments for donations, and Legion members will be at some of the major stores to accept donations from the public.
Royal Canadian Legion President David Flannigan presented the symbolic First Poppy to Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Monday, Oct. 23. The Governor General is Patron of the Legion.
According to a Legion news release, “The poppy is a meaningful symbol of remembrance, and wearing it demonstrates a mutual and personal understanding of the deep gratitude we have for our Veterans. The beautiful flower pays tribute to all who have fallen, including military and RCMP Veterans. Funds raised during the National Poppy Campaign go back into communities across Canada to help support Veterans and their families.”