• Lest We Forget, Niagara: Remembrance Day 2014

    Remembrance Day 2014 NiagaraThe Royal Canadian Legion launches its annual poppy campaign today in Pelham, Port Colborne and Welland. From now until Remembrance Day (Nov. 11), Niagara Region residents can make donations at stands setup outside of businesses and schools in the community. There are more than 12,000 poppy pins available this year. Branch 613 in Fonthill also offers poppy-patterned bracelets and car magnets, selling respectively for $2 and $5.

    Last year, the Royal Canadian Legion raised $14.5 million and distributed more than 18 million poppies. These replica poppies symbolize grief and honour: we mourn, recognize and celebrate the lives of more than 118,000 Canadians who died serving this nation as well as the 1,500,000 who have served and continue to serve it; we support the veterans through our donations and show our eternal gratefulness for their sacrifices and contributions.

    There are several Remembrance Day ceremonies in Niagara Region each year, so look for information in the news or posted on local bulletins in coming weeks. In Canada, Remembrance Day is a federal statutory holiday. The national ceremony runs at the National War Memorial in Ottawa and is led by the Governor General. For those who cannot attend, all national media channels cover the event extensively. In the very least, participate in the two minutes of silence at 11am—in reference to the passing of the 11th hour.

    Image Source: I, Padraic Ryan [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or CC-BY-SA-2.5-ca (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/ca/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons


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