Councillor Dan Davies, who has been a Reservist in the Canadian Forces Cadet, made the presentation to council with the support of two other local Cadets.
“The poppy campaign normally starts the two-weeks prior to the 11th of November, and this year of course, with the horrific events that have happened in Ontario and Quebec, the Dominion Command of the Legion has been overwhelmed with the request for the poppy campaign to start early,” Councillor Davies explained to his colleagues.
The Legion approved the request, and according to Councillor Davies, they’ve been available since the 24th of October.
“[Cadets] will be out in full force as usual throughout the community canvassing with the poppy campaign,” Councillor Davies said.
Councillor Davies explains how veterans recognized have progressed throughout the past decade.
“Many people, when they look at veterans, they often think of older folks as our veterans from the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War; however the face of the veteran significantly changed in the past years with veterans of course recently returning from Afghanistan,” Councillor Davies said. “We have many veterans that are serving in operations, whether it be through the NATO organization or the United Nations.”
“Again, all serving our country and serving each of us in Canada.”
Some events being held by the Royal Canadian Legion in Fort St. John on November 11 is a parade kicking off at 10:00 a.m., followed by an indoor service and a number of other activities in the Legion throughout the day.
Before officially proclaiming the poppy campaign, an extremely emotional and chocked-up Mayor Lori Ackerman said while barley holding back her tears, “I think it’s fair to say our nation went through a little hell and we deeply mourn the passing of Nathan Cirillo, and we applauded the bravery of our Sergeant-at-Arms.”
The national moment of silence is held in unison on November 11 at 11:00 a.m.