TLTI and area Remembrance Day sites

The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands is preparing to observe Remembrance Day at a variety of sites.

Last week, TLTI Mayor Corinna Smith-Gatcke received the first poppy of this year's Remembrance Day poppy drive.

Smith-Gatcke met with President Mike Hicks and Poppy Chairman Catherine Webster, members of the local Royal Canadian Legion branch, in council chambers.

This symbolic gesture signified the start of the annual poppy campaign, a fundraiser supporting programs and services for veterans and their families.

The Legion's National Poppy Campaign begins each year on the last Friday of October. The poppy was adopted as the official flower of remembrance in Canada in 1921, inspired by the poetry of Lt-Col. John McCrae (In Flanders Fields, 1915).

Poppies are available throughout the township in exchange for a small donation to support veterans and their families in need.

Remembrance Day ceremonies are taking place across the township and beyond, at the following locations:

Lansdowne, Veterans Memorial (Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m.); Lyndhurst (Nov. 11, 10:30 a.m.); Seeley's Bay (Nov. 11, 10:30 a.m.); Rockport (Nov. 11, 1 p.m.); Mallorytown (Nov. 11, 10:45 a.m.).

(Keith Dempsey is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Brockville Recorder and Times. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.)

Keith Dempsey, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times