Legion President gives Leeds and the 1000 Islands Mayor first poppy of 2023


Leeds and the 1000 Islands Mayor Corinna Smith-Gatcke met with Legion President Mike Hicks and Poppy Chairman Catherine Webster, members of the Royal Canadian Legion, in the Council Chambers. President Mike Hicks presented Mayor Smith-Gatcke with the first poppy of 2023.

Representatives from the Legion explain that this symbolic gesture signifies the start of the annual poppy campaign, a fundraiser supporting programs and services for veterans and their families. The Legion's National Poppy Campaign begins each year on the last Friday of October. 

The poppy was adopted as the official flower of remembrance in Canada in 1921, inspired by the poetry of Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae (In Flanders Fields, 1915).'

Poppies are now available throughout the Township in exchange for a small donation to support veterans and their families in need. Remembrance Day Ceremonies are taking place across the Township at the following locations:

- Lansdowne, Veterans Memorial (TIES School) - November 10th, 10:30 a.m.
- Lyndhurst - November 11th, 10:30 a.m.
- Seeley's Bay - November 11th, 10:30 a.m.
- Rockport - November 11th, 1:00 p.m.
- Mallorytown - November 11th, 10:45 a.m.

With files by CFRA's Connor Ray