Fort McMurray’s ready to Remember

By CAROL CHRISTIAN, Connect Weekly

Smokey Tomkins, left, and Larry Dewey of the Royal Canadian Legion, McMurray Branch #165, were out selling poppies at Walmart on November 1. This symbol of remembrance is available at many locations through town for a donation. PHOTO: Carol Christian, Connect Weekly

Smokey Tomkins, left, and Larry Dewey of the Royal Canadian Legion, McMurray Branch #165, were out selling poppies at Walmart on November 1. This symbol of remembrance is available at many locations through town for a donation. PHOTO: Carol Christian, Connect Weekly

Two Remembrance Day Services will again be held in Fort McMurray on November 11. The formal service will be held in two phases at MacDonald Island Park. The first half, the Remembrance Service and Message, are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. followed by the Cenotaph Service at 10:50 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. A march past will culminate the service.

Meanwhile, a smaller Cenotaph service will be held starting at 10:50 a.m. at the McMurray Legion at 9317 Huggard Street, in Waterways. Following both services, all are welcome to the Legion for refreshments and camaraderie.

The Remembrance Poppy has been used since 1921 to commemorate soldiers who have died in war.
Inspired by the First World War poem: In Flanders Fields and promoted by Moina Michael, an American professor and humanitarian who conceived the idea of using poppies as a symbol of remembrance, they are used to commemorate servicemen and women killed in all conflicts since 1914.

Donations to the Legion Poppy fund are placed in trust to be used for the care and benevolent support of Veterans and their dependants. The Poppy Fund provides financial assistance to serving and former Canadian Armed Forces and their families who are in need.

Grants are available for food, heating costs, clothing, prescription medication, medical appliances and equipment, essential home repairs and emergency shelter or assistance. Comforts for Veterans and their surviving spouses who are hospitalized and in need may also be provided. A portion of Poppy Funds may also be allocated to promote Remembrance and ensure Canadians never forget the sacrifices of Canada’s Veterans.

Also, a portion of the Poppy Fund may be allocated for low-rental housing and care facilities, community medical appliances and medical research, drop-in centres, meals-on-wheels, transportation and related services for Veterans and their families.

These facilities and services are often extended to the elderly or disabled in the community as may be available in conjunction with Veterans.

– Connect Weekly –