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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.

Solace Grief Support Society
Left to right: Robin Templeton, Treasurer, High River Legion; Louise Hughes, Poppy/Donations Chairperson, High River Legion; Laurel Boyle, Director, Solace Grief Support Society; Andrea Taylor, Solace Grief Support Society; Bob Collins, President, High River Legion.

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.”

From Left to Right are: Michael Brown, Executive Director of the High River Healthcare Foundation; Bob Collins, President; Louise Hughes, Chairperson Poppy/Donations Committee; and, Robin Templeton, Treasurer of High River Legion Branch #71

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.

from left to right are: Bob Collins, Legion President; Jamie Kinghorn, High River Town Councilor; and Walter Myslicki, Legion Sergeant-at-Arms.

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.

$2000.00 to #187 Foothills Air Cadets (left to right – Bob Collins, Legion President, Louise Hughes, Legion Poppy Co-Chair, CO Reid Habing, Parent Advisory Chair Deanna Green, Robin Templeton, Legion Treasurer)
$2000.00 to #205 Navy League Cadets (left to right – Coxswain CPO1 MacKenzie Morasch, Bob Collins, Legion President, CO of CDR WH EVELYN Sharon Blasius, Louise Hughes, Legion Poppy Co-Chair, Robin Templeton, Legion Treasurer)
$2000.00 to #2383 Foothills Calgary Highlanders Army Cadets (left to right Bob Collins, Legion President, Parent President Diana Roy, Louise Hughes, Legion Poppy Co-Chair, CO Christopher Pawelko, Robin Templeton, Legion Treasurer)


Fallen Heroes
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

Freedom Costs
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