Have you purchased your poppy yet? The Drumheller Legion's poppy campaign kicked off in late-October when Legion President Burt Cote pinned poppies on then-Mayor Terry Yemen and current-Mayor Heather Colberg.

So what exactly happens to the money raised from the annual poppy campaign?

"The money goes to veterans families to assist any way that they can," explained Cote. "If they have any issues or any troubles or relocations, or just dealing with life at all, that money is used to help them."

Are you concerned with shopping local, but still getting your poppy while visiting friends out of town? You might be surprised to learn that the money raised in a community stays in the community.

"The poppy fund is community-based, of course, but for veterans," said Cote. "We have certain by-laws we have to follow, and we have to go through Command level whenever we apply to use some of our poppy fund. So, we have very little control over it because we can't use it without Command's permission."

One of the by-laws is that the money must be used to help veterans individually. Although improvements to the Drumheller Legion can improve the lives of veterans collectively, that's not sufficient reason to warrant spending poppy money.

"If we wanted to buy a new stove, we couldn't use the poppy fund for that. But, if a veteran needed a new stove because it was a life or death matter, we'd apply through the Command and get the donation for them."

Poppies will be available right up until Remembrance Day at various locations around Drumheller. The Legion will hold their annual Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Badlands Community Facility on Nov. 11 starting at 10:45 a.m.

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