Jason Pankratz - Tillsonburg Legion
It is soon Legion month! If you’re not part of the Tillsonburg Legion, you’re missing out.
You get to be active in a historical organization that makes a difference in our community. You get to wear a legion jacket, beret, and represent our Veterans. (Sometimes the uniform is what attracts people). We become a visible presence in our community acting as representatives of those who have served.
Become a member today! We want Legion members throughout our community to be part of the Poppy Campaign. Legion members can easily sign up and volunteer an hour or so to sit at Poppy boxes in our town. Sign up in the Legion canteen.
These volunteers are a visual representation of what Remembrance means. We pin poppies on the lapels of those who want to donate and to recognize the importance of our service personnel. Wearing a poppy is a symbol of remembrance and respect. Not only does it reflect our remembrance but also our patriotism. Canadians are distinguished members of the world community who honour those who serve. We have a proud history of service and wearing a poppy identifies our outward commitment to our Veterans.
The poppy is a symbol that represents many ideals. It is used because poppies were one of the first flowers to grow in the war torn fields of World War I. It grew where other vegetation would not. Its colour represents the blood that was shed though sacrifice. It has been idealized in John McRea’s poem ‘In Flanders Fields.’
And, as silly as it sounds, it is something that many of us have pinned to our car sun visors. I have done an unofficial study over the last year; looking and noting the number of poppies I have seen within vehicles. I am impressed with the tradition of removing them after November 11th and attaching them to this place.
Please donate and wear a poppy when you see a poppy box. Remembrance Day falls on a Saturday this year. I expect our community to attend the Remembrance Day ceremony (10:45 a.m.) on Saturday, November 11th, at the cenotaph, wearing their poppies, bringing their children, friends and relatives, elderly neighbours, and veteran associates. Those who want to participate in the Silent Walk will meet prior to 10:30 at Veteran’s Memorial Parkway, at Rolph and Bridge Street. It concludes at the cenotaph by 10:45 a.m.
All are welcome to purchase a ticket to the Veteran’s Dinner that evening, Nov. 11, for $15 at the Legion. The dinner is prepared by our venerated Tillsonburg Varnavair Branch 153 Ladies Auxiliary. Not to blow my own horn - “toot toot” - but I will be the guest speaker at the dinner. I will present an astounding story of a World War I Veteran. And, do not forget that this year is the second last year of the 100th anniversary of WWI. All Veterans receive a free ticket to our banquet: inquire at our office prior to the evening.
Here are some dates to remember: Saturday, Nov. 11, 10:45 - Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Tillsonburg Cenotaph on Broadway... Nov. 11th Remembrance and Veteran’s Dinner, $15 per ticket in advance. Saturday, Nov. 18th is our Tillsonburg Christmas Parade and Legion Bazaar from 10-4 p.m. And, Friday, Nov. 24, Christmas Turkey Supper provide our by Ladies Auxiliary at 5 p.m. while quantities last for $12. Everyone is welcome down at the Legion!
We WILL remember them.