It’s November, meaning the pillow cases are filled with treats and costumes and jack-o-lanterns are retired for another year.
Now we turn our attention to a symbol of sacrifice, dedication and remembrance.
For at least these next two weeks we should all take the time to think of the brave men and women who have fought for our country and remember to give back.
Poppies are available all over the city at local retailers. Take the time to purchase one by donation from many fine veterans and cadets manning the tables.
If your poppy should slip off your shirt and blow away in the wind, buy another one. If you have a friend, take two. If you have a poppy left over from years past, buy another one.
Make sure you’re wearing a poppy over your heart come Remembrance Day, and wear it with pride.
More importantly, don’t hesitate to donate generously when you get one.
The money collected by the Legion from the sale of poppies goes to numerous worthwhile programs and services to assist our veterans.
Through your donations the poppy funds are used for supports such as housing, transportation and health care for veterans. The money buys food, covers heating costs, medications and pays for accessibility modifications to assist veterans with disabilities, among a variety of other initiatives.
The funds don’t only go to veterans, but also bursaries for children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of veterans and it supports cadet units.
Last year the Kamloops branch of the Royal Canadian Legion raised $60,000 for veterans.
This year let’s try to beat that number.
It’s the least we can do for our veterans given the freedom they’ve ensured we have all year round.
Lest we forget.