National Poppy Campaign kicks off locally; Sweet Corner Park clock to chime daily with ‘Amazing Grace’

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer carries a wreath festooned with poppies to the Morewood Cenotaph during Nov. 11 ceremonies in 2016. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

WINCHESTER — This country’s annual poppy campaign has kicked off for another season leading up to the solemn ceremonies of Nov. 11.

Every year, from the last Friday of October to Remembrance Day, tens of millions of Canadians wear a Poppy as a visual pledge to honour Canada’s Veterans and remember those who sacrificed for the freedoms enjoyed by Canadians today. While the Poppy is distributed freely to all who wish to wear one, the Legion gratefully accepts donations to the Poppy Fund.

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer carries a wreath festooned with poppies to the Morewood Cenotaph during Nov. 11 ceremonies in 2016. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

According to the Royal Canadian Legion, the most recent reported campaign year — 2017 — saw 19.8 million poppies were distributed and more than $16 million dollars disbursed between October 2017 to October 2018 in support of veterans and their families.

Poppies are available at local legion branches, with additional boxes set up at many local businesses.

This year’s edition of the annual Poppy Campaign also features a new digital Poppy, found online at mypoppy.ca. Canadians who donate online will receive a digital Poppy in remembrance of a Veteran of their choosing.

Local organizations interested in requesting a collection box to support the Poppy Campaign should contact their local Legion Branch.

The chiming clock at Sweet Corner Park in Winchester, as photographed in 2018. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

 

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