Did you know that those poppies that we receive every year, the ones you put on your lapel to show that you’ve donated to the Canadian Legion’s annual campaign, supports programs for not only our veterans, but also programs for families of current active service people in our domestic and international operations? And, did you know that 100% of that money stays local and goes directly to support people in your community? That’s right, if you donate and receive a poppy in the Fraser Valley, that money stays local, right here to help former and active service members as well as their families with basic needs programs like housing, food and heat, medical and accessibility modifications for vets with disabilities, education, social support, and so much more.

Did you know that those poppies that we receive every year, the ones you put on your lapel to show that you’ve donated to the Canadian Legion’s annual campaign, supports programs for not only our veterans, but also programs for families of current active service people in our domestic and international operations? Did you also know that those funds also apply to our RCMP members and families here in Canada?

And, did you know that 100% of that money stays local and goes directly to support people in your community? That’s right, if you donate and receive a poppy in the Fraser Valley, that money stays local, right here to help former and active service members as well as their families with basic needs programs like housing, food and heat, medical and accessibility modifications for vets with disabilities, education, social support, all the way up to educational bursaries for cadets and the children and grandchildren of vets, and of course, remembrance activities like those coming up tomorrow on November 11th, to remember the sacrifice made my so many vets in our communities across Canada.

Here to help us learn so much more about these local programs, and the associated national programs, is a former RCMP officer, and now an officer of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #265, based in Aldergrove BC. He is here to tell us a little more about the changes to this year’s 2020 campaign, and explain how your money goes to help those right here in our Fraser Valley. He’s also one of the key people behind the Poppy campaign in this neighbourhood, as well as an active Rotary member, and volunteer. Please welcome Doug Hadley!

Additional Resources

Places to get your digital poppy:

Touchless “Pay Tribute” donation boxes:

A tap-to-donate pilot program by HSBC Bank: https://www.hsbc.ca/campaigns/pay-tribute/, including an interactive map of locations in the Fraser Valley.

Please consider visiting the Derek Doubleday Aboretum in Langley, with the “Walk to Remember” Memorial to Canadian Afghan Vets

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Locations of Services November 11, 2020:

Flute music: Lowlands Away: Trenton, performed by The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, source: Pixabay