Every November, millions of Canadians adorn red poppies as a sign of remembrance to those who have served and continue to serve our great nation.
With Remembrance Day only weeks away, the royal Canadian Legion is gearing up to kick-off the 2017 Poppy Campaign.
John Willetts, President of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 155 in Southampton, says things will get under way this coming Friday (October 27th, 2015).
"Poppies will be available in local retailers, you'll see Veterans and members of the Royal Canadian Legion in uniform out on the streets with our poppies in hand looking for donations for what's a really god cause," says Willetts during an interview with 98 The Beach.
The Poppy Campaign directly supports our community services and veterans right here in Saugeen Shores.
Willetts notes the changes that The Royal Canadian Legion, as a whole, has undergone over the years.
He says it's now become more of a Service Club helping communities across the country, and is now open for anyone to join and become a part of.
"As the number of veterans begins to dwindle, the Royal Canadian Legion is transitioning into a service organization, " says Willetts, adding,"we work more with other charities, with other service organizations to give money and services back into the community."
Willetts notes just how special the act of wearing a poppy is and should be for all Canadians at this time of the year, a sort of pledge to never forget and always remember the sacrifice laid down by so many.
New for this year in Saugeen Shores, are the Commemorative Banners on display atop lamp posts in both downtown Port Elgin and Southampton.
"Excellent reproductions of photographs of local service men, very young men, who didn't come back from World War I and World War II," says Willetts.
Both local branches of the Royal Canadian Legion, along with the Town of Saugeen Shores Heritage Committee, are still seeing sponsors and photographs of local soldiers killed in battle.
Contact Tracey Edwards at (519) 832-2008 extension 105.
Photo: Original Poem by Craig Power, All rights Reserved. © 2017