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31 Oct 2007
War widow gets lift from poppies

Korean War vet Dave Davidson holds a poppy at the legion on Belmont Avenue in Kitchener on Monday. The annual Remembrance Day Poppy campaign is underway.
Credit: MATHEW McCARTHY, RECORD STAFF

WATERLOO REGION

Phyllis Dallier, 85, is trapped in her house, unable to get to her front door because her arthritic knees can't handle five stairs.

Help is coming, thanks to Remembrance Day poppies.

Local war veterans have agreed to install an electric lift in her Kitchener bungalow. The $3,000 cost will come from poppy sales.

"I always put into poppy funds, but I never realized what they did with the money," Dallier said. "Now I know, and I certainly appreciate it."

Dallier is the widow of Allen Dallier, who served with the air force in the Second World War. He died in 1987.

She's one of many people who benefit from the annual poppy campaign, which began last Friday and concludes Nov. 11.

Poppies flourished in battlefields of the First World War. They are worn on the left lapel, or near the heart, to honour more than 100,000 soldiers who gave their lives for Canada.

"It shows respect for our fallen veterans, who made the supreme sacrifice," said Korean War veteran Dave Davidson, chair of the Kitchener-Waterloo Poppy Fund.

Poppy funds are spent to support veterans and their families, buy hospital equipment, support cadet groups, and provide student bursaries.

"All of our money goes back into the community," said Billie Martin, chair of the Hespeler poppy fund.

Her father and grandfather both lost limbs in the First World War.

Dallier, who is waiting for surgery to replace her sore knees, relies on her family to bring her food and supplies, while she remains inside.

"I've been out twice since last Christmas, and it's very painful, and so I stay in," she said.

She expects the electric lift will make her life "100 per cent better" by getting her to her front door.

Her family has remodelled her bungalow to make it easier for Dallier to keep living there.

But the cost of the chairlift is out of their reach.

Bill Dallier is delighted that poppy money will help his ailing mother.

"She stuck by my dad all through five years of the war," he said.

"Who else are you going to do it for, if you can't do it for the elderly that served the country?"

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Jeff Outhit, The Record
 

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