Gananoque Ontario Honors Canadian War Veterans

Just recently, the Royal Canadian Legion announced the start of the Annual Poppy Campaign across the country. One of the places in full gear for the campaign is our very own town of Gananoque Ontario.

The legion has set aside close twice as many poppies as there are people in the town so there is plenty for everyone for sure.

Annual Poppy Campaign Gananoque Ontario

Bill Beswetherick of the Royal Canadian Legion in Gananoque Ontario reports, “We live in a place with a population of 5,200 people, and we’ve got 8,000 poppies ready for distribution. I don’t know why that is, except people in Gananoque really appreciate their veterans and it seems to be like this every year.

We have orders for 146 wreaths to lay at the service, and that’s more than the number of businesses and service clubs we have in town.”

Gananoque Ontario will also have a formal ceremony to kick off its poppy campaign with special guest Bill Hale in attendance, a Second World War veteran and the son of a decorated war hero, who is set to present a poppy to MPP Bob Runciman.

Every November, Poppies can be found on the lapels and collars of almost every Canadian in the country. Since its early beginnings in 1921, the Poppy has stood as a mark of Remembrance, a reminder to never forget all the brave Canadian who fought and fell for their country in past wars and military operations.  Other nations have also adopted the symbol to honor and pay their respects to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The Poppy is recognized as a “symbol of collective reminiscence” the world over.

Back to Canada, the Kingston Legion was busy gathering 80,000 of the Remembrance Day symbols bagged and ready for distribution to the public, which starts when two armored vehicles ply Princess Street at 11 in the morning, with people inside giving away the poppies to everyone in sight.

Canada’s Poppy Campaign comes at a very significant time with Canadian forces currently stationed in Afghanistan. This marks Canada’s first war since Korea, a bitter memory to most in the country and as veteran loving residents of Gananoque Ontario, we are all out to support the campaign again.

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