Rainy days and an unexpected loss of power somewhat dampened the Trail Legion’s Poppy Campaign this year.
Funds raised through the poppy distribution, wreath sales and donations were down approximately $1,200 over last year, says Legion administrator, Glenda Reilly.
But at the end of the day, almost $21,000 raised through poppy distribution, wreath sales and donations over 12 days, is a generous response from the community.
“Poor weather and a power outage on the Friday of distribution may have contributed,” Reilly added. “However, we are still very pleased with the support received from the community and feel this amount is excellent for a town of our size.”
Legion members were out distributing poppies from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 but poppy boxes were on display right up until Remembrance Day.
Through poppy fund donations, the Legion provides financial assistance to veterans in the area who are in need of day-to-day items such as glasses or dental work.
Proceeds can also be used to help with prescription medication, medical appliances and equipment, essential home repairs and emergency shelter or assistance.
Comforts for veterans and their surviving spouses who are hospitalized and in need may also be provided.
Each year, approximately 18 million poppies are distributed in communities across Canada.
Officially adopted in Canada in 1921 by the Great War Veterans’ Association (the predecessor of today’s Royal Canadian Legion), poppies are recognized as the national symbol of remembrance for the 117,000 Canadian men and women who gave their lives during military service around the world.