A program to recognize Collingwood veterans with downtown banners will continue this year, in support of the local poppy fund.
The Collingwood Downtown Business Improvement Area, working with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 63, is putting out the annual call for participation in the veteran banner program, which launched in 2018.
“Branch 63 of the Legion is very excited about this continuing program and ready to help in any way we can," said the Legion's public relations officer Donald Wilcox. "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."
The banners include photos and names of service men and women with connections to Collingwood. More than 100 banners have been produced to date, sponsored by the BIA.
The downtown association covers the production and installation costs of the banners. Families, friends, and business owners who would like to recognize a veteran on a banner are asked to make a $100 donation to the Collingwood Legion's poppy fund.
“This banner program is a conscientious effort to recognize the sacrifice made by many members of our community," said BIA general manager Susan Nicholson in a news release. "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 ... We will be accepting applications for veterans from all wars."