by Jane Torrance, Public Relations Officer, Branch 240
Like most towns and cities across Canada, on Saturday, November 11, Mississippi Mills will be marking the end of the First World War and commemorating all those who have fought in armed service in defense of our Nation. Once known as Armistice Day, on the 11th of November we commit acts of Remembrance, mostly in 2 way – the wearing of a poppy, and the attendance at a service on November 11
- By now you will have seen members of Branch 240 offering poppies around town. The red poppy, which is a native plant that was often seen by soldiers on the Western Front of the Great War, has become the central symbol of remembrance, and is the emblem of the Royal Canadian Legion. Like all Legions across Canada, Branch 240 participates in the Poppy Campaign to support Remembrance as well as to support Veterans in Mississippi Mills. All funds raised go to a Poppy Fund Trust, which very specifically “provides financial assistance and support to Veterans, including Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP, and their families who are in need.” www.legion.ca
Poppy Funds may be used for:
- Grants for food, heating costs, clothing, prescription medication, medical appliances and equipment, essential home repairs and emergency shelter or assistance for Veterans and their families in need
- Housing accommodation and care facilities for Veterans
- Funding for Veteran Transition Programs that are directly related to the training, education and support needs of Veterans and their families
- Comforts for Veterans and their surviving spouses who are hospitalized and in need
- Veterans visits, transportation, reading programs and day trips
- Accessibility modifications to assist Veterans with disabilities
- Educational bursaries for children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Veterans
- Support of cadet units
- Community drop-in centres, meals-on-wheels, and seniors services in communities where Veterans would benefit
- Community medical appliances, medical training and medical research which will assist in the care of Veterans in the community
- Support the work of Legion Command and Branch Service Officers across Canada in assisting and representing Veterans
- Donations for relief of disasters declared by federal or provincial governments which impact Veteran in those communities
- Promotion and administering of Remembrance activities to ensure Canadians never forget the sacrifices of Canada’s Veterans
The Almonte Legion, Branch 240, supports or leads 3 private services in our local nursing homes and senior’s residences on Friday, November 10th, and 3 public services on Saturday, November 11, two at 11:00am and one at 2:00pm:
Clayton – the service is led by the Almonte Legion, Branch 240, with support from the community. The Legion parade leaves the Clayton Hall at 11:00 and marches to the Clayton Cenotaph for the service. A community luncheon is served following the service inside the Clayton Hall, and all are welcome to attend.
Pakenham – the service, led by the Principal, staff and students of Pakenham Public School with support from the churches and community, begins at 10:45 with the silence at 11:00am. The Pakenham Cenotaph is located directly beside the school. The Almonte Legion supports this service with a small flag-bearing colour guard. A community luncheon is served following the service inside the school gymnasium, and all are welcome to attend.
Almonte – the service is led by the Almonte Legion, Branch 240, with support from the community. The Legion parade leaves Branch 240 at 1:45 and marches to the Almonte Cenotaph for the 2:00 service. Upon completion of the service, all are invited back to the Almonte Legion for a light lunch and refreshments. All entries from the Legion Art and Literary contest will be on display.
The programs for these 3 services are linked here (Clayton, Pakenham, Almonte) in case you would like to print a copy at home or download to your phone in advance.
We hope to see you on Saturday
The Act of Remembrance
They shall grow not old, as we 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