The Royal Canadian Legion has kicked off its annual Poppy Campaign, including here in Cloverdale where volunteers are out at various high-traffic spots in the community.
When you see a Branch 6 member – such as Wayne Dermody, who was out in front of the BC government liquor store on 176 Street near Highway 10 on Thursday – or 746 Lightning Hawk Air Cadet on poppy patrol, be generous.
Poppy sales help support veterans and their families, but also the wider community – from school bursaries and seniors homes to local charities. For instance, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 6 recently donated $1,000 to Peace Arch Hospital Foundation.
That’s just a drop in the bucket for an organization that’s been at the centre of community life for over 85 years.
The poppy campaign runs Oct. 26 to Nov. 11, Remembrance Day.
The poppy has stood as a symbol of remembrance since 1921. They should be worn on the left breast, over the heart. Use a Canadian flag pin to keep the poppy in place, instead of the L-shaped pin.