10/25/2013 06:14 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Remembrance Day Poppy Sales Refused By Dollar Stores: Vets

Oct 24 2008- Poppy pin for Remembrance day stories or memories. (Photo by David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
KAMLOOPS, B.C. - One of two dollar stores in Kamloops, B.C., that at first refused to sell poppies on behalf of the Royal Canadian Legion has reversed its position.

The president of the Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans in the area raised the complaints about Dollar Tree and Dollarama stores in Kamloops refusing to allow the sale of the poppies on the grounds that it was company policy.

Gord Marsh called the move inexcusable and an insult to veterans whose sacrifice has made Canada a great place to live and do business.

He points out the poppy campaign raises badly needed funds for veterans' rehabilitation and other programs.

While the Dollarama store has not backed down, Inga Kruse, the legion's B.C. and Yukon executive director, says Dollar Tree says it will now allow the sale of the poppies at its store.

Kruse says she hasn't been told if other dollar stores in the province have a policy of refusing to sell poppies.

(CFJC, The Canadian Press)

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