Little Current Royal Canadian Legion launches annual Poppy Campaign

Northeast Town Mayor Al MacNevin signs the Poppy Proclamation in the council chambers last Friday marking the beginning of the annual Poppy Campaign. Seated next to Mayor MacNevin is veteran Blair Sullivan. Back row, from left, are Little Current Legion poppy chairman Sue Morin, veteran Jeff Marshall, first vice president of the Little Current Legion Tom Stephens, Little Current Legion executive committee member and veteran Paul Abbott and Little Current Legion president Sue Morin.

MANITOULIN—Across Canada last Friday the Royal Canadian Legion launched its annual Poppy Campaign. Locally, Northeast Town Mayor Al MacNevin signed the Poppy Proclamation with Branch #177, officially kicking off the campaign in his municipality.

Every year from the last Friday in October to Remembrance Day, the Legion conducts the campaign across the nation to honour those who serve and to raise funds in support of veterans and their families.

Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae’s May 1915 poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ served as inspiration to American teacher  Moina Michael, who made a pledge to wear a poppy as a sign of remembrance. In 1920, Madame Guerin, a French woman, learned of the custom and began selling handmade poppies to raise money for the children in war-torn areas of her country. The poppy was officially adopted by the Great War Veteran’s Association (the predecessor of the Royal Canadian Legion) as its Flower of Remembrance on July 5, 1921.

Money raised from the sale of poppies across Canada goes into the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Trust Fund, which directly supports Canada’s serving and retired veterans and their families.

Be sure to purchase your poppy, sold at various locations across Manitoulin Island, and show your support for our veterans.