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Royal Canadian Legion Launches Poppy Campaign

Volunteers were once distributing poppy boxes to businesses and community groups in part of the Royal Canadian Legion’s annual Poppy Campaign.

The Campaign launched Friday as spokesperson for Legion Branch 139 in Williams Lake, Ken Wilson explains.

“The Legion holds a sacred trust of ensuring the tradition of remembrance is observed by all Canadians every year at the eleventh hour on the eleventh of the eleventh month. The poppy campaign was started to raise funds for veterans and their families who are disadvantaged and need our help.”

The Royal Canadian Legion according to their website was given the responsibility to safeguard the Poppy as a sacred symbol of Remembrance and a symbol of the sacrifice of our Veterans on June 30, 1948.

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They invite everyone across the country to wear one from now until November 11.

Last year’s Poppy Campaign in Williams Lake according to Wilson raised $22,000. He says the Cadets will also be distributing poppies on the street which are free however a donation would go to help veterans and families who are in need.

As in previous years, there will be a memorial program on Remembrance Day at the Gibraltar room followed by a parade to the Cenotaph at Williams Lake City Hall.

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