Alan Hankey, who served in the British Merchant Navy during the Second World War and in the Royal Air Force post war, is a member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 256 and was accepting donations for poppies at Country Club Centre on Monday. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Poppy a symbol of sacrifice and support

Poppy donations help veterans and Royal Canadian Legion charitable programs

A donation for a symbol of sacrifice and remembrance is also a show of support for veterans and their communities.

The Royal Canadian Legion’s annual Poppy Campaign starts on the last Friday of October each year and runs until Remembrance Day, Nov. 11. During that time Canada’s military veterans are in local shopping centres throughout Nanaimo offering poppies to anyone who wishes to wear them in honour of veterans’ service and sacrifices in past and current conflicts for the freedoms Canadians enjoy.

Poppies are offered free, but donations in exchange for poppies are gratefully accepted and money raised is used to support veterans and their families, education bursaries for children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of veterans, local hospitals and hospital foundations, cadet programs and more.

To learn more about about the Poppy Campaign and how it helps benefit veterans and communities and how to contribute, click here.
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