With just a couple of weeks left until Remembrance Day, the RSL sub-branch of Wagga has been given the official green light to start selling poppies.
Normally, the sub-branch would be out and about in Wagga, selling the familiar red emblem for up to two weeks before November 11.
But this year, owing to the COVID-19 restrictions, across the state RSL members have been given just a week.
"We like to be out there for a few weeks, it reinforces people's memory that it's coming up to Remembrance Day," said Ken May, vice president of the Wagga RSL.
"Being out there at all, getting the banners up with Remembrance Day written on them, that's a good thing no matter how long it's for."
From next week, the members will be selling poppies in and around the Marketplace.
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It comes off the back of a particularly hard time for the state's sub-branches. In 2017 the NSW RSL was banned from selling poppies while an inquiry into the use of its funds was taking place.
Last year was the first time the sub-branches were given permission to continue selling poppies.
Coupled with that, for the first time in a century, in April this year the public commemoration of Anzac Day had to be cancelled.
Instead, across the nation residents turned out at dawn to the end of their driveways to remember the Anzac sacrifice.
In the lead up to April 25, RSL members could not sell the badges or pins either, leaving a sizeable dent in the sub-branches' coffers this year.
"We do need the funds we make from selling these things so that we can help veterans and their families," Mr May said.
"But personally, I think the fact that we're out there at all is the most important thing.
"With everything that's happened over the years, it's good to remind people we're still out there and we're still working for any veteran that needs help. We're here to help."