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Annual Poppy Campaign launches in support of Veterans

Last Updated Oct 27, 2017 at 12:40 pm MDT

PHOTO. Supplied: Fort McMurray Legion.

Canadians across the country will wear a poppy to support our Veterans and remember those who lost their lives while defending our country.

The Poppy Campaign starts on the last Friday of October and continues until Remembrance Day.

President of the Royal Canadian Legion, McMurray Branch 165, Pat Duggan said the campaign is done annually to support the Poppy Foundation.

“The Poppy Foundation supports Veterans, Veterans families and other parts of the community. Poppy money is held in trust by the legion for those purposes explicitly and the only way we truly fundraise for it is during the actual poppy campaign,” said Duggan.

The poppy is the legion’s symbol of remembrance, dating back to World War I.

“A lot of Canadian history and Canadiana comes from World War I. Forging of ourselves as a nation was all part of that, setting ourselves apart from other commonwealth groups,” said Duggan. “We are truly unique in that other countries recognize the poppy but not quite with the same reverence as we do in Canada.”

Poppy trays will be at different locations across the region.

The Remembrance Day service will be held at Mac Island. Seating for the ceremony will start at 8:30 a.m. with official proceedings beginning at 10:30 a.m.