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Yk Legion launching Poppy campaign, need businesses to host coin boxes

0911remembrance41.jpg Simon Whitehouse/NNSL photo Don Asher, president of the Royal Canadian Legion Yellowknife Branch, stands at the army cadet hall on Ellesemere Drive, Nov. 7. Asher, who was elected to the role in January, is looking forward to building on public memory and honouring veterans who have sacrificed in foreign conflicts. Nov. 8, 2018

The Royal Canadian Legion Vincent Massey Branch #164 is seeking support from businesses in Yellowknife for their annual Poppy Campaign. They are asking to allow poppy boxes to be placed in businesses around the community and to allow a Legion volunteer into the location if they have space for it. Also for sale are 14” wreaths with stands available for storefronts or business displays at $55 per wreath.

Master Warrant Keegan Smith, left, reviews parade drills with Corporal Lux Thompson, Solaya Zdyb, and Corporal Austin O'Neill at the drill hall on Ellesemere Drive Nov. 8, 2018. NNSL file photo

The 2020 Poppy Campaign runs from Oct. 30 to Nov 11, for more information about the campaign can email the Royal Canadian Legion Vincent Massey Branch #164 at

According to the Royal Canadian Legion website the red poppy was first introduced to Canada by Lieutenant-Colonel John McRae of Guelph, Ontario during the First World War, who penned the poem 'In Flanders Fields' on May 3, 1915.