Top News

Poppy campaign launches in Antigonish

Royal Canadian Legion Arras Branch 59 poppy campaign chair J.P. MacEachern (left) pins the first flower of the 2019 campaign on branch chaplain Reverend Peter Smith. Corey LeBlanc
Royal Canadian Legion Arras Branch 59 poppy campaign chair J.P. MacEachern (left) pins the first flower of the 2019 campaign on branch chaplain Reverend Peter Smith. Corey LeBlanc - Corey LeBlanc
ANTIGONISH, N.S. —

Lest we forget – that was a central theme Friday morning (Oct. 25), as Royal Canadian Legion Arras Branch 59, in Antigonish, launched its annual poppy campaign in the lead up to Remembrance Day (Nov. 11).    

“It is a very important time of the year for us and for every Legion across Canada,” Arras Branch 59 poppy campaign chair J.P. MacEachern said.    

Donations to the annual campaign go to a special poppy fund, which provides assistance to veterans and their families, along with supporting related community projects.

CWO Melanie Gammon of 285 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) of Antigonish accepts a cheque from Royal Canadian Legion Arras Branch 59 poppy campaign chair J.P. MacEachern. The local army cadet corps receives financial support from the branch’s poppy fund. Corey LeBlanc
CWO Melanie Gammon of 285 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) of Antigonish accepts a cheque from Royal Canadian Legion Arras Branch 59 poppy campaign chair J.P. MacEachern. The local army cadet corps receives financial support from the branch’s poppy fund. Corey LeBlanc

    

One of those initiatives is sponsorship of 285 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC), which is based in Antigonish. CWO Melanie Gammon attended the poppy campaign launch to accept the organization’s annual funding.    

“We are very fortunate because we have a great area to canvass,” MacEachern said, while noting the strong turnout of members for the poppy campaign launch.    

MacEachern continued his tradition of pinning the first poppies of the annual campaign; Arras Branch 59 chaplain Reverend Peter Smith and president James Matheson were amongst the recipients.    

Arlynne McGrath, St. F.X. service learning community co-ordinator, also received one of the first poppies. She represented first-year students from the Bachelor of Arts and Science in Health program, who will be contributing their time to the 2019 poppy campaign.    

Arlynne McGrath, St. F.X. service learning community co-ordinator, receives her poppy from Royal Canadian Legion Arras Branch 59 poppy campaign chair J.P. MacEachern. Service learning students are helping out with this year’s poppy campaign. Corey LeBlanc
Arlynne McGrath, St. F.X. service learning community co-ordinator, receives her poppy from Royal Canadian Legion Arras Branch 59 president James Matheson. Service learning students are helping out with this year’s poppy campaign. Corey LeBlanc

After the launch ceremony, veterans, legion members and other volunteers started the distribution of poppies and donation trays to businesses and other community locations.    

Remember to watch out for them, and offer any support you can.

Recent Stories