It looks to be another successful Poppy Campaign fund raiser for the Carman Legion. President, Kyrke Nussey, expects about $7,000 will come in leading up to Remembrance Day.
"All of that money, most of it goes to palliative care and the hospital, the veterans of course, and we sponsor the Cadets out of Notre Dame," he said.
Nussey added that the Carman Legion also supports other local events, such as sports, with the hope of attracting younger people into the organization. And while he admitted that recruitment can be a challenge, Nussey said once the new members become involved they do start to understand what the Legion is and what it does in the community.
He did note, however, that the Carman branch seems to be making some progress.
"We do have on our executive, we've picked up a couple young people that help us out with Way and Means and socials. Once they get involved and get their friends involved, it seems to help."
Carman Legion is home to veterans from the local RCMP and other organizations but Nussey said there are only about seven Second World War veterans remaining. And while Legion members at one time had to be a part of the Service or have family that served, Nussey added times have changed and now that requirement has been lifted for new recruits.
"Now you don't even have to really have anybody in the service...anybody can join the Legion now."
Meantime, Nussey said members are gearing up for another season of Remembrance Day services.
On Friday, they will be leading ceremonies at Carman Collegiate, Carman Elementary School, and the Boyne Lodge.
Saturday's community service will take place at the Carman Community Hall. Nussey said that program attracts about 600 people every year.