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Our Poppy campaign committee has been meeting regularly since the beginning of September developing our 2020 plans. It has been a challenging task given the uncertainties and concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. We are also working with the Town’s Fire and By-Law Services staff to ensure that our plans are consistent and align with the Town of Pelham’s
expectations related to COVID-19.
We know that in previous years in late October and early November, the citizens of Pelham have pinned a poppy to their lapels and then on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, they have paused for two minutes to honour and remember those who have served and continue to serve our country. For that, our Branch members and especially our veterans say, “thank you.”
This year, the Executive Committee of our Talbot Trail Branch has made the difficult decision to hold only one Remembrance service. This service will take place on November 11, 2020, beginning at approximately 10:45 am., in Veterans Park on Legion grounds. To all those individuals, businesses, organizations and entities that have supported the services held in Fenwick at Centennial Park; in Ridgeville at the Cenotaph and in Peace Park behind the municipal offices in prior years, we apologize that these services will not be conducted this year.
The November 11th service will look somewhat different from past years as we build the necessary safeguards into the program to protect service participants and other service attendees. Some of the measures we have adopted for this year include the elimination of the March On/March Off parade and the pre-laying of wreaths prior to the commencement of the service. While attendance at the service will be limited this year to comply with municipal, regional and provincial directives including the wearing of masks, our plans also include livestreaming the service to allow Pelham residents to participate virtually, courtesy of Niagara College’s students and staff from the Broadcasting- Radio, Television and Film (BRTF) program. The live stream link is https://livestream.com/accounts/15502389/legion613.
Our annual Poppy campaign will take place during the period of October 30 th to November 11th inclusive. We have canvassed businesses and organizations who have accepted Poppy collection boxes in previous years and we are pleased to advise that the vast majority of them have agreed to take the boxes once again. We are very grateful for their participation. For those businesses unable to accept these boxes this year, we fully understand the reasoning behind the decision. As a further precaution, you will not see active canvassing by our members, veterans and army cadets outside businesses like Sobeys, Food Basics, the LCBO and the Beer Store in 2020.
We are asking the citizens of Pelham for their continuing support of our Poppy campaign which raises funds to sustain a variety of programs and initiatives to assist veterans and their families as well as sponsoring cadet and youth programs and providing bursaries for the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of our veterans. We also make financial donations to entities like Wellspring Niagara, the Niagara Health Foundation and the Juravinski Cancer Center through our Poppy Fund. More information on the uses of the Poppy Fund can be found at www.on.legion.ca.
If you are inclined to support our campaign in 2020 without accessing the Poppy collection boxes, you can send us a cheque payable to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 613 on or before November 11, 2020. We also accept payment at our Branch via cash, credit card or debit card. This year, you can also affect payment by using e-transfer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Under the “comments” section, please insert “Poppy Fund donation.” Please note the best time to visit the Branch are between the hours of 12:30 pm., to 6:30 pm., Monday to Saturday inclusive.
On behalf of all our veterans and members of Branch 613, we thank you in advance for your continuing support of this very important initiative during a very challenging year. We know throughout the years, Pelham residents have always responded favourably to community-based initiatives, and we are hoping you will do so again for our Poppy campaign!
Members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 613
141 Hwy. 20 E., P.O. Box 42
Fonthill, Ontario L0S 1E0
Phone number: 905-892-6293
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