We all believe that every Canadian shares the value of supporting our veterans.
Not so much in Summerland.
My experience with merchants and restaurants in town is that they look forward to receiving their Legion poppy trays.
This includes locally owned establishments as well as national franchises and chain stores.
All donations to the annual Legion Poppy Drive leading up to Remembrance Day are directed to servicing the needs of local veterans and to provincial care facilities in the Lower Mainland.
The new Dollarama store at first declined to accept a poppy tray.
The manager suggested that the Legion was welcome to solicit donations outside the store.
I pointed out that the Legion did not have the manpower to do this, and she reluctantly accepted the tray.
Upon my return, two days later to replenish the tray, I discovered that the tray had never been displayed.
To the best of my knowledge, this is the one and only instance of a Summerland retailer refusing to support our veterans.
Summerland Legion Branch 22