Poppies are now on sale throughout St. Marys. Available at 65 different stores around town, the recognizable poppies are part of one of The Royal Canadian Legion’s biggest fundraising initiatives.
“Two thirds of every dollar raised (from poppy sales) stays in St. Marys,” explains Reg Rumble of The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 236 St. Marys. He says the money goes towards programs that support local veterans, such as Home Support Services, the Friendship Centre, and Parkwood Hospital in London.
For those who have trouble with the poppy’s long pin, this year the Legion is offering pin-free poppies that affix to your lapel by means of a sticky adhesive.
“They’re for seniors, or, say, people who work in grocery departments who aren’t allowed to wear pins,” explains Rumble. He adds that one needs only to ask for a no-pin poppy and the Legion will supply them.
The Legion will be holding its annual Remembrance Day Church Service and Parade on Sunday, Nov. 6 this year. Holy Name of Mary Church will play host to the service at 11 a.m. There will be a bus leaving the Legion for the church at 10:15 a.m. The bus will then return members to the Legion following the service.
A parade will leave the Legion at 12:15 p.m. and will end at the Cenotaph. The Cenotaph ceremony begins at 12:30 p.m. and consists of the laying of the wreaths, a prayer service, and a trumpeter playing Taps to the fallen heroes.
Following the ceremony at the St. Marys Cenotaph, the Legion will perform a similar service at the Cenotaph in Rannoch around 1 p.m.
The Legion’s Remembrance Day dinner will be held on Friday, Nov. 11. Tickets are available at the branch, or can be reserved by phone at 519-284-2267.
There will be a ceremony at the Granton Cenotaph at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 6, followed by a church service at 10 a.m. at the Granton-Wesley United Church.