The poppy boxes are out and local cadets will join them around the community this weekend to raise funds to support veterans and local community groups.
Residents will find cadets at the World Under-17 hockey games at the North Peace Arena on Thursday and Saturday, and they will also be out in force at major stores like Wal-Mart, Safeway, Save-On Foods, Home Hardware, and more on Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Funds raised through the legion's annual poppy campaign help support everything from local hospitals, senior care, and graduating students, and Branch 102 in Fort St. John has donated nearly $30,000 to local groups this year.
Funds are also used to support the Veterans Transition Program at the University of British Columbia, which helps military members return to civilian life.
Remembrance Day ceremonies in Fort St. John begin Saturday, Nov. 11 with a parade at 10 a.m. from the legion. A service will following in the legion auditorium, after which their will be an afternoon of entertainment and a turkey supper.
In Taylor, services run from 10 a.m. to noon at the community hall. The community is encouraged to begin gathering at 10, and there will be a march from the arena to the hall at 10:30.
In Hudson's Hope, services begin at 10:45 a.m. at the district office cenotaph, with refreshments to follow at the community hall. There will be a Veteran's Day Dinner by invitation at 6 p.m. at the hall. If you are a veteran and are not sure if you are on the invitation list, contact the district office at 250-783-9901.