The start of the 2017 Poppy Campaign was marked with Saskatchewan Lt.-Gov. Vaughn Solomon Schofield receiving the first poppy Monday afternoon.
However, poppies won’t be available for the public until Friday.
Chad Wagner, Royal Canadian Legion provincial executive director, said all money raised in donations goes towards helping vulnerable veterans.
“There’s a lot of homeless veterans out there,” said Wagner. “If we can find a way to put a roof over their head or give them mental health support, then, you know, we’re so much better off.”
He added that wearing a poppy is a silent thank you to those who fought for our freedom.
“(Veterans) supported our country, they signed the dotted line to risk everything for us; it’s the least we can do for them.”
Poppies can be found at various retail stores or at any legion branch across Saskatchewan.
— Jessie Anton (@jessieanton_) October 24, 2017