Remembrance Day is just over a week away. The Lacombe Legion Branch #79 will be honouring veterans in a number of ways.
The poppy campaign was launched last week on October 27th, after a poppy was presented to the Lacombe Mayor, Grant Creasey.
“Our poppy campaign always kicks off after we present the first poppy to the mayor of Lacombe and we do that on the last Friday of October. So as soon as Grant Creasy gets the poppy, then all my volunteers roll out with supplies for the different businesses,” said Kathy Hobbs, Past-President of the Lacombe Legion Branch #79.
Poppy boxes can be located at most local businesses in the City. If any businesses were missed, Hobbs encourages them to reach out to the legion. The money goes towards supporting veterans and their family members.
“The money goes towards veterans, veterans wives, widows of veterans, or widowers and it also goes to bursaries for students who are going onto advanced education,” added Hobbs.
Despite a challenging economy, Hobbs says people in the area are always very generous.
“The people who make donations are exceedingly generous. It’s just incredible the donations (we get) because the war was a long time ago but they still honour the veterans and they honour them by contributing to the poppy trust fund,” said Hobbs.”
At some locations you can donate to the poppy campaign by using tap including at No Frills and at Co-Op in Lacombe.
This Saturday (November 4), the Lacombe Legion will be honouring veterans graveside at the Fairview Cemetary by placing poppies on veteran’s grave stones. You can take part in the activities at 1:00PM.
A Remembrance Day Ceremony will be held on November 11th at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. The service starts at 10:30AM sharp.
You can stay up to date with the Lacombe Legion Brand #79 by visiting their Facebook page.