Now that we’re into November, expect to see more and more Londoners sporting poppies in support of past and present members of the Canadian Armed Forces.
The annual campaign by the Royal Canadian Legion kicks into high gear this week with members distributing poppy boxes to local businesses and selling the iconic pins throughout the city ahead of Remembrance Day on November 11th.
Deputy Zone Commander with the local Royal Canadian Legion Casper Koevoets explained how the proceeds from poppies are used.
“We got over $12 million in donations, all of which went to the causes that we work for,” he said. “Health for veterans, we support amateur sports, cadet and scout groups, not profit housing for homeless or almost homeless veterans from coast to coast.”
Their members are working to make sure everyone gets a poppy.
“We have all of our members out delivering poppy boxes at restaurants and stores and businesses all across the city,” he said. “We are very eager to make sure everybody gets a poppy and everybody has a chance to wear one, we hope that everyone wears it proudly.”
Koevoets said other than covering the cost of the poppies themselves, the money collected from the drive all goes to programming.
The poppy became a official symbol of remembrance in Canada in 1921, just a few years after John McCrae wrote the iconic poem “In Flanders Fields.”