Story and photos by Kylie Wazonek
The poppy is a symbol of remembrance and with that in mind the Oshawa poppy campaign starts today. With over 55,000 poppies to be given away, citizens of Oshawa will see boxes of poppies in groceries stores, Wal-marts, the LCBO and in many more stores.
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch on Simcoe St. has 20,000 poppies left over from last year, which makes the total amount of poppies available to be worn in Oshawa 75,000.
“The poppy has to do with remembrance and we have to remember the vets and the sacrifices they made for us,” said Alan MacGregor the Poppy Campaign Chairmen.
Wearing a poppy shows support and respect for the veterans who sacrificed their lives for us. By buying a poppy, veterans who are in need, whether it’s shelter, food or medical attention will get the help they need.
“We don’t sell them, we jut ask for a donation,” said MacGregor. “Based on last years figures we received around $60,000, I’m shooting for $50,000 in change.”
There are more ways citizens of Oshawa can help donate. The Regent Theatre will be hosting a Festival of Remembrance concert tonight at seven. Some of the performers playing tonight will be the HMCS York Band and the Durham Girls’ Choir. Tickets are $25 and all proceeds go to the Royal Canadian Legion. For more information call 905-721-3399.