BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
SCUGOG: Of all the commemorative accessories we decorate our outerwear with – pink ribbons, blue ribbons, white ribbons, daffodils – the poppy is still the most visible. In light of recent tragedies our nation’s capital and in Quebec, its importance and meaning is assured.
Just in time for Remembrance Day, Nov. 11, members of the Port Perry Royal Canadian Legion Branch 419 will be out in force, starting on Friday, Oct. 31.
Over the coming weeks, Legion members and volunteers offering residents a chance to show their Canadian pride and support off the Canadian Armed Forces.
Wether purchased from canvassers in many shops located around town, or from one of the numerous counter-top boxes in local stores, your donation to the Poppy Campaign will go to support our veterans, and the Scugog community at-large.
According to Dave Durham, President of the Port Perry Legion, “All of the money raised will stay in Scugog.”
Many local stores have once again shown their support for the Royal Canadian Legion. Namely, Vos’ Independent, Walmart, Pioneer Fuel, Foodland, Food Basics, Shoppers Drug Mart and Canadian Tire will all see Cadets, Legion members or volunteers out front with their familiar boxes.
“The Poppy Campaign is the biggest job on our calendar, and we’re thankful for our supporters and members who brave the chilly weather,” said Mr. Durham. “The Legion would also like to extend a hand to any non-Legion members who wish to join our veterans and help out our cause, by donating their time to the Poppy Campaign.”
Funds raised through the Poppy Campaign go to many projects - including the Cadets program, the Port Perry Hospital Foundation, and any needs an applicable veteran could have - such as medical bills.
In addition, the Port Perry Legion will be hosting their annual Remembrance Day Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Legion Hall, 484 Bay St. in Port Perry.
Tickets are $18 for guests, or free for veterans and their spouses, and are available until Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Branch 419 bar counter, or by phoning 905-985-8502.