St. Marys Journal Argus
The fact that Canadians save their Remembrance Day lapel pins from year to year became abundantly clear last month, when many people began displaying the bright red poppies to honour recently-murdered military servicepeople, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo.
How did that prove that people save them from year to year? Because, as St. Marys Royal Canadian Legion Branch 236 Poppy Campaign Chair Reg Rumble points out, there is strictly-enforced legislation in Canada regarding the distribution of Remembrance Day poppies.
“They’re not supposed to be distributed until Oct. 30; and, after Nov. 11 (Remembrance Day), all of them that are left over are supposed to be picked up.”
Rumble, who was busy all day last Thursday and Friday distributing boxes of poppies to St. Marys and area retail outlets and other distribution locations, says he doesn’t mind if people save their poppies from last year. But he encourages people, even if they aren’t in need of a new pin, to continue to support the annual Poppy Campaign with a donation.
“Last year, $9,049.23 was raised in St. Marys through donations for poppies and the sponsorship of wreaths at the Cenotaph,” he explained. “Our goal this year is to raise over $10,000.”
On Friday, Oct. 31, Rumble took time out of his distribution duties to hand over two cheques from last year’s proceeds, each worth $250, at the Friendship Centre. One cheque was for the Friendship Centre itself; the other was for Home Support Services. He said the donations will “assist (the two organizations) in their programs that support seniors and veterans who live in the St. Marys area.”
“One hundred per cent of funds raised are returned to veterans and the community through various donations and youth support,” Rumble explained of the Poppy Campaign. This includes such initiatives as Home Support, the Friendship Centre and the Scouts, among others, but also Parkwood Hospital, the Legion Bursary fund, and the Legion Charitable Foundation.
Please contribute to the Remembrance Day poppy fund in honour of the lives lost in military service.
“We usually go through close to 6,000 poppies between all the people who distribute them, and all the stores that we put them in,” Rumble said of the annual St. Marys campaign.