The Legion commences its annual Poppy Campaign this coming Fri, Oct. 27, and members are hoping the public will wear their poppy with pride.
Proceeds collected during the annual campaign in advance of Remembrance Day go towards supporting local veterans and their families all year. Members of Legion No. 10 will be collecting donations in exchange or poppies in person at Walmart, Sobeys and the Atlantic Superstore. Smaller donation boxes and poppies will also be available at a number of smaller stores throughout the community.
Traditionally, the Poppy Campaign begins the last Friday of October each year until Remembrance Day. Long considered a symbol of remembrance following the publishing of In Flander’s Fields by Canadian Lt.-Col. John McCrae. The poppies are distributed freely but the donations are invaluable, the Legion’s website www.legion.ca says.
After the disappointing loss of the community’s Vimy Oak, a replacement oak will be installed in the community courtesy of the program that provides the trees. The installation will follow this year’s Remembrance Day program, which begins with the downtown Amherst cenotaph service at 11 a.m., following by the laying of the wreaths.