2014 Poppy Presentation to Mayor Christie

Lacombe Legion Branch President Susan Churchill (left) and Sergeant of Arms John Mello (right) with Mayor Steve Christie at City Hall.
The Royal Canadian Legion's Lacombe Branch # 79 kicked off their annual Poppy Campaign on October 31st with Branch President Susan Churchill and Sergeant of Arms John Mellon presenting the first poppy to Mayor Steve Christie at a special ceremony at City Hall.

“On behalf of Council and the City of Lacombe I am honoured to accept this symbolic first poppy to kick off the Royal Canadian Legion 2014 Poppy Campaign,” said Mayor Steve Christie. “The citizens of Lacombe stand together with our fellow Canadians to honor the memory of all veterans past and present who have served our country and paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

“The recent tragic events in our country that took the lives of Warrant Sergeant Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo, as well as the loss of our own Master Corporal Byron Greff have reinforced the importance of the annual poppy campaign”, said Mayor Christie.

Money donated during the Royal Canadian Legion Lacombe Branch 79 Poppy Campaign is placed in a public trust fund. Some of the ways this money is used to improve life for people in our communities include:
  • Educational bursaries to the Ecole Lacombe Composite High and Lacombe Christian High School students
  • Comforts for veterans in hospital or hospitalized veterans
  • Immediate assistance for ex-service men and women in need
  • Community medical appliances –two IV pumps were purchased for the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre and a defibrillator was purchased for the Lacombe Legion; Medical research and training
  • Donations for disaster relief for disasters declared by federal and provincial governments
  • Expenses of the Branch Veteran Services Chairman
  • School and Student prizes for the annual Remembrance Day Poster and Literary (Poem and Essay) Contests


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