It’s that time of year when the ubiquitous red flower appears.
The poppy, that grew on Flanders Fields after the First World War, has become the symbol of recognition of those who have served in the militaryfor their country.
The Maple Ridge branch of the Royal Canadian Legion has launched its poppy campaign, and on Wednesday, Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie Daykin officially received his first poppy.
Last year, the poppy campaign in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows garnered more than $62,000, money that largely goes to support veterans and their families. But the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation and the Ridge Meadows Hospice Society also receive large donations.
Last year, $3,000 was donated to the Royal Ex-Services League to help destitute veterans in the Caribbean. Several bursaries were also distributed to students.
Every year, the amount collected goes up, said legion past-president Jim MacDonald, and again this year, “we’re looking to better it.”
The poppy fund is “tightly administered,” MacDonald said, and none of the money goes for salaries.
Poppy taggers, including veterans, will be out in the community and will give out the symbol of remembrance in exchange for a donation.
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