Each year, from the last Friday of October until Nov. 11, people across the country wear a poppy in honour of our nation’s veterans. The poppy serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made to protect the freedoms we enjoy today, ensuring we never forget.
To coincide with the lead-up to Remembrance Day, Legions nationwide conduct local poppy campaigns, a program carried out annually to raise money in support of veterans.
Campaign funds are held in trust at the branch level to support veterans and their families within the community. This support could come in many forms, including food, clothing, shelter, medical assistance and more.
“Any money raised from the poppy campaign goes towards supporting our local veterans, anything from hospital stay expenses, to medical equipment being put in their home, basically anything that they would require,” says Angie Moen, who chairs Pincher Creek’s poppy campaign.
According to Dick Burnham, Pincher Creek’s branch service officer, in the past year, the local Legion has assisted veterans with the installation of medical equipment, medical research programs for veterans and Veterans of the Caribbean in need.
Residents have certainly taken notice of the wonderful services provided by the Legion to local veterans. Pincher Creek businesses have traditional poppy boxes in their establishments, Legion volunteers set up poppy tables for donations and citizens have made individual contributions. It’s evident that this program is one that could not work without community support.
“It’s very important to get this kind of support from the community because the funds are directly used in cases of need for veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces and the RCMP,” says Dick.
“The support has been amazing,” says Angie. “This is my first year doing this and I’m very proud of this community and the support they’ve provided.”
If you wish to donate to the Pincher Creek Legion’s poppy fund, you can send an e-Transfer to Poppy Fund or mail a cheque to Pincher Creek Legion Branch 43, PO Box 131, Pincher Creek, AB, T0K 1W0.
As a registered charity, the fund can issue tax-deductible receipts, upon request, for donations of $25 or more.
“The poppy fund comes to the nation’s attention in November — but you can donate, anytime, locally at your Legion branch to support veterans and remembrance in your community,” says Dick.
Veterans in need of financial assistance are encouraged to contact their local Legion today. You do not need to be a member to seek help. For veterans in Pincher Creek, call the branch at 403-627-4024.