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Post by Bruce72 on Sat 27 Oct 2018, 5:00 am



New group for vets helps poppy campaign

Brian Kelly
Published on: October 26, 2018 | Last Updated: October 26, 2018 3:31 PM EDT

Members of a new veterans group will bolster the ranks of taggers distributing poppies to help Sault Ste. Marie residents remember Canada’s war dead.

Algoma Veterans Association committed to having six members assist with Royal Canadian Legion’s Branch 25 annual campaign that began with a flag-raising ceremony on Friday at the cenotaph on Queen Street East.

“They were right there,” said Orville Halverson, who is assisting with the campaign. “They said, ‘We’d do it.’”

He made the request a week ago.

Frank Iezzi formed AVA about 18 months ago. His group now has 120 members. Most have served with Canada’s military as reservists or in the regular forces.

Helping Branch 25 with tagging duties will help a fellow group for veterans and build public awareness about AVA, Iezzi told The Sault Star.

“There’s not a lot of people that know that there’s veterans of younger ages between 55 and 25, even younger,” he said. “We’re trying to get out there to show them that we’re here. The best way to do it is to help out with the poppies, show our faces and be in the public.”

He served 22 years with Royal Canadian Air Force. The Sault College graduate was based in Moose Jaw, Sask., and Trenton, Ont. Iezzi did a six-month tour in Afghanistan, based in Kabul and Kandahar, in 2002. The aircraft mechanic worked on CC-130 Hercules when he was part of that Canadian military mission.

AVA doesn’t have any formal member wear yet. But Iezzi expects his members will be identifiable by donning some type of military gear, such as a beret. Iezzi has a leather vest with his military insignia.

“They’ll have something on that tells (the public) that they’re a veteran,” he said.

AVA members will be based at several businesses including Joe’s No Frills, Food Basics on Trunk Road and Canadian Tire.

Branch 25 has 90,000 poppies available to distribute through to Remembrance Day. Poppy boxes are at numerous businesses, including corner stores, Queen Street merchants, shopping malls and financial institutions. Taggers will be joined by cadets from 155 Borden Gray G.C. Royal Canadian Air Cadets and Royal Canadian Army Cadets on Nov. 2 and 3 and possibly on Saturday.

Donations help veterans and their dependants, legion youth programs, student scholarships at Sault College and Algoma University and donations to Group Heatlh Centre, Sault Area Hospital and Algoma Residential Community Hospice.

“If the community shows its kindness and its generosity and support of your efforts, you can continue to do your very important work,” said Mayor Christian Provenzano during the morning ceremony.

The poppy campaign raised $72,341.03 in 2017, up from $66,444.52 in 2016.

“When veterans need the assistance of the poppy funds, it’s there for them,” Branch 25 president Wanda Oliver told reporters.

Top tagger Joe Swystun – he collected $6,350.40 in donations last year – is expected back at Walmart on Great Northern Road during the campaign.

“He does such a fine job,” said Oliver.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

“We encourage you to reflect on freedom,” said Sandra Oliver, constituency assistant to MP Terry Sheehan. He was in Ottawa and unable to attend the event. “Remember the Canadians past and present who served our country and sacrificed for it.”

Elane Turner, who is also helping with the poppy campaign, urged Sault residents “to keep our remembrance going.

“People have to remember,” she said. “Yeah, that (the two world wars and Korean War) was such a long time ago, but we still can do today because of them. We’ve got our freedom today because of those veterans.”

More than 600 men from the Sault and area died in the First World War, Second World War and Korean War.

GFL Memorial Gardens hosts Branch 25’s Remembrance Day service on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. Guest speaker is retired Warrant Officer Patti Knox.

The poppy is the international symbol of remembrance. The poppy campaign is the “foundation” of the legion’s remembrance program, said Oliver.

btkelly@postmedia.com

On Twitter: @Saultreporter

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Post by Bruce72 on Sun 28 Oct 2018, 8:55 am




Trees to honour and to celebrate our war dead and veterans

Mark & Ben Cullen, Special to Postmedia Network

Published on: October 28, 2018


The Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign is a campaign to plant 117,000 trees on the highway right of way, one for each of Canada’s war dead since 1812; 1.8 million more trees are being planted on “the other side of the farmer’s fence”, one for each Canadian who volunteered for military service during times of war. SUPPLIED PHOTO

This is Remembrance month. A time to reflect and honour Canada’s fallen.

Of all the words that we use to describe what happens during Remembrance month, we never use the word “celebrate”. There is a good reason for this as we do not want to celebrate war, but rather honour those who served, were injured and the many who died to defend the freedom that we enjoy in Canada.

I would like to suggest that there is one reason to celebrate during Remembrance month. Peace. This Nov. 11th is not just another Remembrance Day, it is the 100th anniversary of Armistice, the day that World War One ended. As we reflect and learn about the costliest war ever, we have many reasons to be sober and somber.

A Tree for Every Hero

Three years ago, we launched a new campaign to acknowledge the sacrifice of many Canadians who served in our Armed Forces during time of war including 117,000 war dead.

The Highway of Heroes, which stretches between CFB Trenton and the coroner’s office at Keele Street and Highway 401, was created during the Afghan conflict. The bodies of Canadians who were lost in war were flown to CFB Trenton and repatriated there, on Canadian soil. As hearses drove down the highway, thousands of Canadians stood on bridges and along the highway to reflect and ponder the loss of life when a Canadian was killed while in service to the country.

No one will claim that this stretch of the 401 should win any awards for its’ natural beauty or for its positive environmental impact.

But that is changing.

The Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign is a campaign to plant 117,000 trees on the highway right of way, one for each of Canada’s war dead since 1812; 1.8 million more trees are being planted on “the other side of the farmer’s fence”, one for each Canadian who volunteered for military service during times of war.

Milestones

The past year has been a very exciting one for our campaign, with many positive changes.

David and Sharon Johnston agreed to join our campaign as honorary patrons. David, Governor General from 2010 to 2017, and Sharon the Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy. Both are committed to helping us reach our goals and have already been extraordinary in doing so.

Don Cherry surprised us with a very kind, hand written note and a personal cash donation just a couple of months ago. He wrote, “I would be honoured to be an advocate for the Highway of Heroes Living Tribute. Please use my name in connection with the campaign. Thanks, Don”. There is no doubt, Mr. Cherry is a beauty of a guy. He now appears in a special video on our website www.hohtribute.ca. In the mean time, you never know when he might just give us a pitch while on tv.

Planting

We have planted more than 90,000 trees, 75,000 in the last couple of months alone. As we ramp up our planting schedule, we are planning on planting many more trees next spring and fall. By 2019, we are targeting 50 per cent of our goal for right-of-way plantings and several hundred thousand of the trees near the highway.

Our partners at the Ministry of Transportation continue to be critically important to the success of this living memorial. Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign is the only organization authorized by the MTO to plant on the Highway of Heroes and we are thankful for their continued help and support on many levels.

Donations

This year we raised moire than $1.9 million towards our goal of $10 million. Currently, we stand at $3.6 million, with thanks to many Canadians who have stepped up to the plate to make a contribution. Many are individual Canadians, just like you. These include two Silver Cross Mothers, who lost their sons during the Afghan war.

There are many organizations and people who have been generous with in-kind donations of trees, planting services, soil, mulch and more.

And finally, Landscape Ontario and its members have been more than generous in their support.

To find out more, to help us during our public planting days or to donate, please go to www.hohtribute.ca.

— Mark Cullen is an expert gardener, author, broadcaster, tree advocate and Member of the Order of Canada. His son Ben is a fourth-generation urban gardener and graduate of University of Guelph and Dalhousie University in Halifax. Follow them at markcullen.com, @markcullengardening, on Facebook and bi-weekly on Global TV’s National Morning Show.


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Post by Warrior on Sun 28 Oct 2018, 8:58 pm

Kingsville salutes veterans with banner project

“We wanted people to see faces, and put names to pictures.”

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Calgarians to cover church with 7,000 knitted poppies

Post by pinger on Mon 29 Oct 2018, 12:55 am

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Pippa FitzGerald-Finch wanted to do something special to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, and she’s found a way to do it on a grand scale.

FitzGerald-Finch has organized a project to drape about 7,000 handmade poppies over Calgary’s historic Cathedral Church of the Redeemer.

“This is a wonderful idea of Pippa’s, absolutely wonderful!” Lorraine Sinclair said.

Sinclair and several other volunteers at the church have been working on the project for almost a year, knitting most poppies, crocheting others.

They’re tying the poppies onto netting, which will then be draped from several high points on the outside of the downtown building.

“They make quite a dramatic display,” FitzGerald-Finch said.

She got the idea after seeing a story about people in the UK putting up thousands of poppies on a village church northeast of London.

“I actually spoke to the lady in England who spearheaded that project, and away we went,” FitzGerald-Finch said. “What has astonished me is how the project has grown. We started with just the six or eight of us in the knitting group and now we’ve got well over 70 knitters from all over Canada and as far away as New Zealand. So it’s been amazing.”

The volunteers are planning to out the poppies up on Oct. 20, where they’ll stay through Remembrance Day.
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Post by Powergunner on Mon 29 Oct 2018, 1:57 pm

While Remembrance Day is about honour, it can trigger tough emotions for some veterans

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Post by Xforce2000 on Mon 29 Oct 2018, 4:09 pm

New Postage stamp for Remembrance

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Post by Xforce2000 on Tue 30 Oct 2018, 8:50 pm

Costco in Moncton, N.B. limiting days for poppy distribution

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Post by RevForce on Wed 31 Oct 2018, 2:26 pm

B.C. restaurant honours veterans, current personnel with free lunch item

Wings, including the outlet in Vernon, to recognize service Nov. 10 and 11

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Post by RevForce on Wed 31 Oct 2018, 2:29 pm

Poppy’s meaning not lost on most Canadians

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Post by Trooper on Wed 31 Oct 2018, 6:18 pm

Ten facts about Remembrance Day

First known as Armistice Day, Canadians gather to honour veterans each November

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Post by Forcell on Thu 01 Nov 2018, 12:54 pm

News Release

Premier Doug Ford Honours Canadian Heroes

November 1, 2018

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Post by Garrison on Thu 01 Nov 2018, 7:27 pm

Province wants you to remember heroes

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Post by Phantom on Fri 02 Nov 2018, 7:21 am

Raising a flag to honour Canada’s veterans

This #RemembranceDay the @Sunnybrook Veterans Centre is hoping to plant 47,500 Canadian flags – or 100 for each of the almost 500 veterans currently being cared for at Canada’s largest centre of its kind

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Post by Phantom on Fri 02 Nov 2018, 7:32 am

With hundreds of handmade banners outside their family homes, this Winnipeg artist is honouring WWI's dead

Aidan Geary, Sam Samson · CBC News · Posted: Nov 02, 2018


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Post by Phantom on Fri 02 Nov 2018, 7:58 am

Vancouver Island father and son heading to Belgium to commemorate First World War


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