The St. Albert branch of the Royal Canadian Legion is gearing up for its annual poppy drive.
The Poppy Campaign officially started yesterday and runs until Nov. 11. The funds raised from the annual drive are used to help veterans and their dependents. Locally, the St. Albert branch has also been able to support the St. Albert cadets, as well as provide bursaries for qualified students pursuing post-secondary education.
Money is also donated to hospitals, nursing homes and care facilities for equipment and items that will help benefit veterans and others. The Legion also raises money from the sale of wreaths and by private donations.
Each year approximately 30 volunteers, as well as the air and army cadets, volunteer their time to the Poppy Campaign.
Park and ride
The St. Albert branch is asking residents planning on attending the Nov. 11 Remembrance Day Service at the cenotaph on St. Anne Street to consider using the city's park and ride service.
The city will have buses running to the parade area at the corner of Perron Street and St. Anne Street from Village Transit Station every 10 minutes from 9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The Legion says the annual service will begin at 11 a.m.