When you start seeing beautiful red poppies around, you know that the Poppy Campaign has started and that Remembrance Day is just around the corner. Every year, The Royal Canadian Legion conducts the Poppy Campaign from the last Friday in October to Remembrance Day. Millions of Canadians wear a Poppy as a visual pledge to never forget those who have made sacrifices for our freedom. While this is a time where we remember those who gave their lives, it is also a time to remember those soldiers who came back to tell the stories of these battles.
The Milton branch of the Royal Canadian Legion has a longstanding tradition of expertly executing the Poppy week and commemorating Remembrance Day with the honour and respect it deserves. Here is a list of events and ceremonies planned for this year by our Legion branch.
Traditional Evergreen Cemetery Service
When: Saturday, November 11 at 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Where: Evergreen Cemetery, 230 Ontario Street, Milton.
Details: Parade will form up in the Evergreen Cemetery and march
to the Cairn at 10:45 AM. 2 minutes of silence at 11:00 AM.
When: Saturday, November 11 at 12:30 PM – 5 PM
Where: Milton Legion Branch 136, 21 Charles St, Milton, ON
Details: Cocktails at 12:30 in the Legion Banquet Hall after the Cemetery Parade. Luncheon at 1 pm, entertainment to follow. Tickets on sale (while quantities last) in the Club rooms at $12 per person beginning 27th of October until November 4, 2017.
Milton Parade Victoria Park Cenotaph
When: Sunday, November 12 at 1:30 PM – 5 PM
Where: Victoria Park, Milton
Details: Parade will form up at the Legion and march off at 1:30 PM to the Cenotaph for the wreath laying and Remembrance Day service commencing at 2:00 PM. Refreshments in the Club rooms to follow.
Canadian Veterans have served throughout history in a broad range of conflicts and situations—from the World Wars to peacekeeping missions, to crises on the home front. The Royal Canadian Legion is committed to honouring and remembering all Veterans, whether they served in a foreign theatre or on Canadian soil, whether they kept the peace or fought for peace, whether they found themselves in combat or in support of operations.
It is important that we take a moment to reflect on the freedoms and peace in our lives, and to remember the men and women who served and sacrificed for all we have today. When you are out and about in Milton and you see volunteers from the Royal Canadian Legion at the mall, many storefronts, libraries, and the GO station, please make sure you thank the Veterans.
Lest we forget.