© Cole Carruthers
Joe Lantz shows his veteran appreciation by sporting a poppy on his lapel
over his heart.
Thanks to the millions of Canadians who wear The Royal Canadian Legion’s lapel poppy each November, the little red plant has never died; and neither have Canadian’s memories for the 117,000 of their countrymen who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Coralie Hysuick, manager at the Moose Jaw branch of The Royal Canadian Legion said volunteers will be all over Moose Jaw during this year’s poppy drive. “There will be several locations on Nov. 3, and off the top of my head I know they’ll be at Walmart, Zellers, Co-op and Safeway.
Hysuick said volunteers will be out until 3 p.m. and if anyone wishes to volunteer for the drive; or for next year, they should call the branch office at: 692-5453.
“The donations go towards helping veterans under all circumstances, and a big donation goes to Union Hospital each year,” Hysuick said towards who is helped through poppy donation proceeds.
According to The Royal Canadian Legion, “Each November, poppies blossom on the lapels and collars of over half of Canada’s entire population. Since 1921, the poppy has stood as a symbol of remembrance, our visual pledge to never forget all those Canadians who have fallen in war and military operations. The Poppy also stands internationally as a symbol of collective reminiscence.”