Remembrance Day is just around the corner and the Royal Canadian Legion’s Poppy Campaign is under way.
Poppies will be available in the region from the last Friday of October until Nov.11, and Canadians can wear them to honour Canada’s veterans and those who have died fighting for the freedoms we all know today.
Funds raised from Poppy donations remain in the local area and go to support local veterans and their families.
While Remembrance Day ceremonies will be broadcast on television, for those wishing to find services with a more local taste, ceremonies will be held by the local Legion’s in community’s across Canada.
In the County of Wetaskiwin, there will be multiple ceremonies held to remember Canada’s war dead.
On Nov. 5, the Wetaskiwin Heritage Museum held the annual ‘No Stone Left Alone’ ceremony followed by poppy laying at the Wetaskiwin Cemetery and Wetaskiwin Memorial Cemetery.
Poppies were layed on the gravesites of local World War I and World War II veterans.
READ MORE: No Stone Left Alone in Wetaskiwin
On Nov. 11, the Wetaskiwin Royal Canadian Legion Branch 86 plans to host a full Remembrance Day service at the Drill Hall. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. and the service will begin at 10:30 a.m.
The Mulhurst Royal Canadian Legion Branch 246 will be hosting a Remembrance Day service Nov.11, at 10:45 a.m. at the Mulhurst Bay community hall. The service will be followed by a light lunch.