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A fire at Roxboro's General Vanier Legion damages 5,000 poppies and other irreplaceable artifacts

On the morning of Tuesday, October 25th, an electrical fire severely damaged the General Vanier Legion on 4th Avenue in Roxboro. The Legion was founded in 1957 and has served the community for 65 years. In its wake, approximately 5,000 poppies were damaged by the smoke, as were artifacts, such as a damaged rifle dating back to World War 1, and a Spitfire airplane propeller.


The proceeds from the sale of poppies go towards the widespread community and Veteran support programs the Legion offers. Whether helping local Veterans, supporting seniors, providing youth sports programs, raising funds, volunteering to help those in need, or simply offering a place to gather for fun and celebration, Legionnaires provide essential services in their communities.

PHOTOS: Facebook, Dimitrios Jim Beis


Mayor of the Borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Dimitrios Jim Beis, acknowledged the incident through a Facebook post: "Thank you to our Service incendie de la ville de Montréal - SIM for their quick and effective response. Know that our Administration and I are there to assist in any way possible. A small Legion founded in 1957 and one that has been a part of our Roxboro fabric for over 60 years."

For those who wish to help the Legion, donations may be made to the nationwide Poppy Fund, and the public can generously support the purchase of poppies. If you are looking for poppies in your area, visit one of the national 2022 Poppy Campaign partners beginning October 28 through November 11, or contact your Legion Branch to find poppies near you.

  • Bank of Montreal (BMO) – Poppy boxes on site

  • Best Buy Canada – Poppy boxes on site, or Poppy volunteers during scheduled periods

  • Bulk Barn – Poppy boxes on site, or Poppy volunteers during scheduled periods

  • Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd. – Poppy volunteers during scheduled periods

  • Dollarama – Poppy volunteers during scheduled periods

  • Home Depot – Poppy volunteers during scheduled periods

  • HSBC – HSBC across Canada will have Pay Tribute Poppy boxes.

  • Hudson’s Bay, Home Outfitters, Saks and Saks Fifth Avenue – Poppy boxes on site

  • Michaels – Poppy boxes on site, or Poppy volunteers during scheduled periods

  • PCL Construction – Poppy boxes on site

  • Peoples Jewelers / Signet Jewelers – Poppy boxes on site

  • Petro Canada – Poppy boxes on site

  • Royal Bank RBC – Poppy boxes on site

  • Scotiabank – Poppy boxes on site

  • Pharmaprix – Poppy boxes on site, or Poppy volunteers during scheduled period

  • TD Bank – Poppy boxes on site

  • Tim Hortons – Poppy boxes on site, or Poppy volunteers during scheduled periods

  • VIA Rail Canada – Poppy volunteers during scheduled periods

  • Walmart Canada – Poppy volunteers during scheduled periods

If you wish to volunteer, click here to be in contact with your nearest Legion.


SOURCE: Royal Canadian Legion

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