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Cobourg Legion launches new poppy campaign with help from Mayor Gil Brocanier and MPP Lou RInaldi

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

CECILIA NASMITH Northumberland Today

A poppy ceremony in Cobourg Mayor Gil Brocanier's office saw two dignitaries get the first poppies of the 2018 season from the Cobourg Legion Branch 133. From left, Northumberland-Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi is pinned by branch ladies' auxiliary president Edie Lean, while Brocanier gets a poppy from branch president John Aitken.

CECILIA NASMITH Northumberland Today A poppy ceremony in Cobourg Mayor Gil Brocanier's office saw two dignitaries get the first poppies of the 2018 season from the Cobourg Legion Branch 133. From left, Northumberland-Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi is pinned by branch ladies' auxiliary president Edie Lean, while Brocanier gets a poppy from branch president John Aitken.

COBOURG -- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 133 launched poppy season in Cobourg last week with a visit to the mayor's office.

Branch president John Aitken and ladies' auxiliary president Edie Lean reported to the office of Mayor Gil Brocanier for a ceremony to award the first poppies of the season to the mayor and to Northumberland-Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi.

Brocanier didn't forget to make a donation in return for his poppy. Rinaldi saw the $5 the mayor gave to Aitken, and responded with a $20 donation of his own.

The poppy boxes have begun going out to stores and community locations throughout Cobourg and area. Aitken said members will be stationed at strategic locations to canvass for the poppy campaign Nov. 2, 3 and 4.

And as always, proceeds support the Poppy Trust Fund, which provides financial assistance and support to veterans and their families who are in need.

The days leading up to Nov. 11 include a Nov. 5 Service of Remembrance at Calvary Baptist Church at 10:30 a.m. Later, at 2 p.m., Legion members will be at the 2 p.m. parade and service at the Alderville First Nation cenotaph.

Local cadets will report to the Victoria Park cenotaph at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 to hold their overnight vigil, and members of the public are invited to attend and show their support. Next day, at 10:15 a.m., Legion members will parade to the cenotaph for their annual service.

A Remembrance Dinner is also planned that evening at the branch (136 Orr St.). It starts at 5:15 p.m. and is free to veterans (otherwise, tickets are available for $15 in the clubroom).

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