Members of the Summerland Legion present the first poppy in Summerland to acting mayor Doug Holmes. At left is Legion president Mike Brazeau and at right is Legion poppy chair Doug McKay. (Contributed)

Members of the Summerland Legion present the first poppy in Summerland to acting mayor Doug Holmes. At left is Legion president Mike Brazeau and at right is Legion poppy chair Doug McKay. (Contributed)

Summerland Legion presents first poppy

Annual poppy fundraiser to begin in Summerland on Oct. 23

The first poppy in advance of this year’s Remembrance Day was presented to Summerland’s acting mayor Doug Holmes on Oct. 20.

Each year, a first poppy is presented by the Royal Canadian Legion to the governor-general, lieutenant governor and then to a local official. This marks the beginning of the Legion’s annual poppy fundraising campaign.

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Poppies will be available at Summerland businesses beginning Friday, Oct. 23.

Remembrance Day is on Nov. 11. The day is to honour veterans and their sacrifices.

This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Remembrance Day events are different from past years.

Instead of a formal ceremony in Memorial Park, a small ceremony will be recorded on video and then made available to the public.

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