Squinting in the bright afternoon sunlight Tuesday Ken Marjoram, 82, settled in for his first shift of the 2013 Poppy Campaign.
The veteran served nine years with the British Royal Navy, signing up at 15, and 12 more with the Merchant Marine Navy. He moved to Canada in the 1960s.
Marjoram is just one member of the dedicated team of volunteers who are selling poppies for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 6 in Cloverdale, where he sits on the Branch executive.
Leading up to Remembrance Day on Nov. 11, veterans, local Cadets and Legion members will be out at various locations in Cloverdale and area, including the IGA at Clover Square Village, and the IGA at Highway 10 and 152 Street, the London Drugs at 64 Avenue and 176 Street, the PriceSmart at 64 Avenue and 176 Street, Extra Foods at Fraser Highway and 187 Street, the B.C. liquor store at 56 Avenue and 176 Street, which was where Marjoram was on poppy patrol, the Safeway at Evergreen Mall, at Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino and elsewhere.
Campaign proceeds go to support veterans and their families, local seniors, medical assistance and a whole lot more in our community.
For a breakdown of how Branch 6 dispersed its 2012 poppy funds, please see this letter to the editor: Poppy funds are spread around the Cloverdale Community.