Honouring our Canadian veterans and peacekeepers with special poppies
Today, I joined my colleagues and local veterans to place the first poppies on City Hall’s Remembrance Day mural. For almost 100 years, the poppy has stood as a symbol to commemorate soldiers who died in war. We wear poppies to pay tribute to the sacrifices that were made to defend our rights and freedoms, making it possible for us to live in a great city and a great country.
Leading up to Remembrance Day this year, a poppy mural is being created to honour the brave soldiers and veterans who served and are serving in times of war. Our vision is to see the mural populated with messages of peace, respect and remembrance for all our brave soldiers.
(Local veterans and I stand in front of City Hall’s poppy mural. Messages of peace and honour are written in remembrance of our brave soldiers.)
(Along with the mural, there are many artifacts and memorabilia from 1905 to present displayed at City Hall. These items were generously donated from Vaughan residents to the City of Vaughan Archives.)
(Mayor Bevilacqua and Members of Council sit with our veterans to commemorate those who have served and are serving.)
(My colleagues and I, along with veterans and Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service personnel pay tribute to Canadian veterans and peacekeepers with paper poppies that make up the commemorative Remembrance Day mural at City Hall. Here, we hold poppies with personalized messages to honour our country’s brave soldiers and servicemen.)
I encourage all residents to visit City Hall until Nov. 11 to donate and write a personal message of your own to pay tribute to our soldiers and veterans. A selection of paper poppies will be available at Vaughan City Hall atrium. All the proceeds go to the Poppy Fund, which supports Canada’s serving and retired veterans and their families.
Lest we forget.