Poppy campaign underway in Fort St. John

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The annual poppy campaign began Monday in Fort St. John, and the Legion is encouraging residents to drop by and pick one up or purchase a wreath for this year's Remembrance Day service.

David Steeves, president of the Fort St. John Royal Canadian Legion Branch 102, says the scope of this year's campaign is limited due to the pandemic, with a closed ceremony planned for Remembrance Day at the cenotaph.

“Unfortunately with COVID and restrictions, we can’t have large crowds,” said Steeves, noting this year's services will likely be broadcast online for residents to watch.

He added that poppy boxes won’t be delivered this year, but individuals and businesses are more than welcome to stop by and pick one up.

Funds raised through the legion's annual poppy campaign supports everything from local hospitals, senior care, and graduating students. Funds are also used to support the Veterans Transition Program at the University of British Columbia, which helps military members return to civilian life.

Residents can drop by the Legion to pick up a poppy, make a donation, or purchase a wreaths during Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday from 2 p.m. to close of lounge.

For additional info, call the Legion at 250-785-3917.

tsummer@ahnfsj.ca

Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative, Alaska Highway News

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