Remembrance Day – High River Legion Poppy Fund Donations
Poppy & Remembrance
Each year, on the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we observe Remembrance Day across Canada. Every year we gather in community halls, memorial parks, schools, living rooms and more to observe a moment of silence and to mark the sacrifice and honour of so many.
Honouring the Past
As part of our Mission, The High River Legion strives to ensure that the deeds of those who fell are not forgotten. Whether it is through our promotion and organization of Remembrance Day events across the country (including the National Remembrance Day Ceremony3 in Ottawa), our annual Poppy Campaign4, the creation and care of memorials like the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the preservation of the records and memories of fallen heroes, youth education or many of the other activities we are involved in, we honour the past.
Respecting the Present
Of course, it is not only to honour the fallen that we observe Remembrance Day each and every year. As part of our observance, we also acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of both the Veterans including currently serving. In fact, through the generosity of Canadians who take part in our Poppy Campaign5, we are able to serve Veterans and their families on a daily basis. With a number of advocacy6 efforts and member services7, we ensure that they are cared for and treated with the respect they deserve.
Fostering the Future
Summarizing the fear of Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae in 1915 that he, like so many others, would be forgotten and their death would be in vain, “In Flanders Fields”, like the poppies it speaks of, has grown to be a part of not only the thoughts of soldiers, but also those who honour them. Continuing to educate youth8 through Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae and his famous work, along with many other programs9, ensures that Remembrance holds meaning each and every day, not just on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
The 2018 Poppy Campaign was co-chaired by Tim Whitford and Louise Hughes
At an Executive Meeting on July 15, 2019, the High River Branch #71 of the Royal Canadian Legion presented a cheque, from their Poppy in Trust Account, in the amount of $5,000.00 to the Solace Grief Support Society.
On Monday, March 25th, 2019, the High River Legion Branch #71, presented a cheque from our Poppy in Trust funds in the amount of $17,490.00 to the High River Healthcare Foundation. This donation is for a bath stretcher for use in the Long-Term Care Unit on the 2nd Floor of the High River Hospital.
The Foundation described their request as follows:
“Being able to enjoy a warm bath is important for many of us and being able to enter and exit the bath comfortably, safely and with a sense of security is very important. A new bath stretcher has been requested which allows residents to be transferred in and out of the tub without worry and it makes the bathing process easier and more enjoyable.”
At the February 25, 2019, General Meeting of the High River Branch #71 of the Royal Canadian Legion, Monday, Jamie Kinghorn, High River Town Councilor, donated a picture “Journey to Remembrance” to our Legion. Jamie had purchased this picture at the SNAPS 11th Annual Show the Love Art Gala, so he graciously benefited both organizations.
At the January 28, 2019 General Meeting of the High River Branch #71 of the Royal Canadian Legion, the following cheques, from our Poppy in Trust Account, were presented in recognition of the assistance given by these groups at our 2018 Remembrance Day Service.
They shall grow not old, as that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them
We will remember them
First World War 628,736 served, 66,573 killed, 138,166 wounded
Second World War 1,081,865 served, 44,927 killed, 53,145 wounded
Korea 26,791 served, 516 killed, 1,558 wounded
Vietnam (under US Forces) 12,000 served, 110 killed
UN Peacekeeping Missions 125,000 served, 110 killed
The Gulf War 4074 served no casualties
Afghanistan (to Dec. 2011) 158 killed, 1859 wounded