2019 will mark a return of the Veterans Banner program in Collingwood.
The Downtown Business Improvement Area, in collaboration with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 63, launched the banners to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War.
“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”Penny Skelton, Chair, Collingwood Downtown BIA
For several years, Collingwood Downtown had installed poppy banners on light standards to recognize Remembrance Day.
Last year Veterans Banners were added with pictures of service men and women, hung alongside the poppy banners.
“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”Donald Wilcox, Public Relations Officer of the Collingwood Legion
The response to the program was overwhelming, with more than 40 banners created honouring veterans.
For the 2019 project, Collingwood Downtown will again be assuming all production and installation costs of these banners.
Complete details as to how you can be involved in the project can be found here