Support local legion during poppy sales

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It’s that time of year when red poppies adorn jackets everywhere, a reminder of the hard-fought freedoms we enjoy today.

As they do each year, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 291 (Richmond) is selling poppies in various locations across Richmond.

“What we collect goes back to seniors or veterans. It’s collected for veterans, but we can support seniors things like the hospice—we just gave them 2,500 dollars last year,” explains Bill Costain, the service officer and membership chairman for the local branch.

Services are provided to lower-income veterans, and recently efforts to get homeless veterans off the streets have started.

Costain says it’s important to wear a poppy to display support for the veterans who fought for freedom.

“Right now there’s the (veterans) who are back from Afghanistan, (and) the average age of a Second World War veteran right now would be 101,” he says.

The local legion branch does not do other fundraising through the rest of the year, so money raised from poppy sales is particularly important. Poppies will be sold through Remembrance Day (Nov. 11).

Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Richmond Sentinel

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