first_imgCrimson-coloured poppies were placed on the lapels of Members ofthe Legislative Assembly today, Oct. 23, by members of the RoyalCanadian Legion, Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command. The presentation was an introduction to the legion’s annualRemembrance Day poppy campaign which officially begins on Friday,Oct. 31. Like thousands of other Nova Scotians, MLAs will wear theRemembrance Day poppies until Nov. 11 in memory and honour ofCanadian service personnel. “We are proud to wear these symbols in remembrance of those whomade the ultimate sacrifice and in honour of those who haveserved our country,” said Speaker of the House Murray Scott. “Itis such a small thing to do but it has such large ramifications.It shows that Nova Scotians will not forget the contributionsmade by these men and women.” For more than 80 years, the poppy has been the symbol ofremembrance in Canada. Funds raised by legion members through thedistribution of poppies in shopping malls and other public placesare used to provide assistance to veterans, ex-service membersand their families and to support community-based programs. There are 119 branches of the Royal Canadian Legion in NovaScotia. Members of the legion include veterans, serving and ex-service personnel and their immediate families, members of theRCMP, police forces and other concerned citizens. On Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. Canadians across the country will stop andpay tribute to those who served Canada in wars and militaryoperations.last_img read more