Our community’s familiar Fall events are returning once again, amidst an intense municipal election which will see every candidate out and about for some public face time.
Fall also seems to bring the summer’s fundraising frenzy to a close - and start up a new round of collection for our numerous local charities.
Yesterday, while scrolling through Facebook, I came across another form of fundraising - or rather, 'Like-raising'.
For those who haven't seen it, there is a post spreading across the cyber sea - which depicts Captain John Richardson, a World War 2 veteran and tank commander with the Ontario Regiment, holding up a sign which asks for one million Facebook Likes before Remembrance Day.
After clicking Like, a thought occurred to me - these one million mouse-clicks have raised a slew of patriotic and proud comments, most of which thank Capt. Richardson for his service, but are they going to raise any money for our Veterans, or is this just one of the many social campaigns on Facebook at any time?
I have nothing against showing your pride and support on Facebook, or in person with a hand shake. I believe it is a noble start - but that there is always more to be done.
Every year, from the last Friday in October to Remembrance Day, The Royal Canadian Legion branches in both Port Perry and Uxbridge, and across our country, conduct the Poppy Campaign.
You’ll probably recognize the friendly Legion members and young cadets standing outside local stores and shopping centres, offering a patriotic poppy pin. in exchange for a small donation.
Many of you reading this will already have a poppy or seven in your car, on your coats, or in the closet - but I encourage you to buy one again this season, and continue to show your support.
Canadians have donated money to support the services that The Legion provides, and to clearly show their recognition of the debt owed to so many Canadians who gave their lives for our freedom.
Much of the funds raised go to maintain programming and property for the Legion, but a huge amount is also donated to food banks, sports teams and life-saving equipment for our hospitals.
For those who really want to support our local Legions, and all of the hard work their dedicated members put back into our communities, give them a call and see how you can pitch in.
The Port Perry branch can be reached by phoning (905) 985-8502, and the Uxbridge branch is available at (905) 852-5293 - their members will always be grateful for the help.
Whether it takes the form of a cash donation, time spent helping with the Poppy Campaign, or just sitting down for a heartfelt jaw with our veterans - please show your support this fall.
As I have heard time and time again, Remembrance Day should be every day, all-year-round.