Collingwood Downtown BIA announces Veterans Banner program to commemorate the end of World War 1

 

The Collingwood Downtown Business Improvement Area, in collaboration with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 63, is pleased to announce a project that will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War.

For several years, Collingwood Downtown has installed poppy banners on our light standards to recognize Remembrance Day and the sacrifices made to ensure our freedom.

This year, our community’s veterans will be honoured in a very special way by creating banners with pictures of our service men and women to be hung alongside the poppy banners.

Collingwood Downtown will be assuming all production and installation costs of these banners.   Family members, friends and businesses who would like to recognize a veteran will be able to purchase a banner by making a $100 donation the Legion’s poppy fund.

“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. The BIA is working to create 10 banners celebrating some of our World War I Veterans. Join us in this effort to recognize all service people. We will be accepting applications for Veterans from all wars. My Dad loved the poppy banners we have used in the downtown and felt a real sense of pride. I will be purchasing a banner of Dad in his Air Force uniform. Collingwood, let’s show our pride in family, military service and for some families, the ultimate sacrifice”, said Penny Skelton, Chair, Collingwood Downtown BIA

“Branch 63 of the Legion is very excited about this 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 the implementation of this program”, said Donald Wilcox, Public Relations Officer of the Collingwood Legion.

A sample of the banner is shown here and complete details as to how you can be involved in this unique project are available HERE or you may  email – snicholson@collingwooddowntown.com  or call – 705-445-5595.