The remembrance day season begins and the famous Poppy will mark its red hue throughout the valley.
Yesterday, October 26, the Drumheller Legion presented the first Remembrance Day Poppy to the deputy mayor as well as their Legion president.
Jim Stroud, a veteran who served in the NATO Forces, was the man of the hour as he presented deputy mayor, Fred Makowecki and Bert Cote, Legion President, with Poppy's of their own to mark the first day of the Remembrance Day flower's distribution across Canada.
"Poppy week starts today," said Stroud, Poppy chairman. "So we'll go out to all the businesses and get them out(to them)."
The Poppy's that businesses in the valley receive ask for a donation to purchase a one. It's important to remember, according to Legion First Vice President, Deb Bolduc, that the money raised from selling the pins go into an account that supports veterans and their families.
"It's important. It represents the sacrifice and remembrance of soldiers," said Bolduc speaking of the importance of the Poppy. "It stems from Flanders Fields. So many of the World War veterans are buried beneath Poppy's."
1918 is when the armistice was signed; On the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour. Which marks the day for remembrance day as November 11. This year is 100 years.
"It means a lot. It shows that we respect the poppy and it shows that we respect the tradition," explained Bolduc as she spoke of marking the beginning of the season for remembrance day as Jim Stroud presented the Legion's first Poppy. "We wait until the Governor General of the Country has been presented theirs and we wait until the Lieutenant Governor of our province has been presented theirs."
Both Bolduc and Stroud wish to relay one simple message; Honoring the veterans of the past and even present through purchasing a poppy goes back to the veterans. Help, that Bolduc says, the veterans sincerely need.