The Collingwood Downtown Business Improvement Area, in collaboration with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 63, is pleased to announce that the Veterans Banner program – a project initiated last year to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War – will continue in 2019.
For several years, Collingwood Downtown has installed poppy banners on our light standards to recognize Remembrance Day and the sacrifices made to ensure our freedom. Last year Veterans Banners were added with pictures of our service men and women, hung alongside the poppy banners. The response to the program was overwhelming, with more than 40 banners created honouring our veterans.
For the 2019 project, Collingwood Downtown will again be assuming all production and installation costs of these banners. Family members, friends and businesses who would like to recognize a veteran will be able to purchase a banner by making a $100 donation the Legion’s poppy fund.
“This banner program is a conscientious effort to recognize the sacrifice made by many members of our community. If you have a family member who you would like to see on a banner in the Downtown consider finding a good photograph of them during their time in service and join us in this unique project. 100% of your donation will go straight to the Poppy Fund. We will be accepting applications for Veterans from all wars. Collingwood, let’s show our pride in family, military service and for some families, the ultimate sacrifice”, said Penny Skelton, Chair, Collingwood Downtown BIA
“Branch 63 of the Legion is very excited about this continuing program and ready to help in any way we can. This town is so lucky to have an organization such as the BIA to help keep the memory of those who fought and died and those who fought and came home to build a better country. On behalf of the Comrades of Branch 63 we thank the BIA for this ongoing program”, said Donald Wilcox, Public Relations Officer of the Collingwood Legion.