Summerlanders are wearing poppies as Remembrance Day approaches.
On Friday afternoon, Lt. Col. Harry Quarton of the Summerland Legion presented Mayor Janice Perrino with a poppy to launch the annual poppy campaign.
From now until Remembrance Day on Nov. 11, more than half of the Canadian population will wear poppies on their lapels and collars.
Donna Rutherford, chair of the Legion’s poppy committee, said the campaign is an important way to remember and pay tribute to those who have been killed in wars.
While most veterans in Summerland served during World War II, she said it is also important to remember those who are still serving.
“There are still people fighting,” she said. “There are quite a few in Afghanistan.”
Since 1921, the poppy has been a national symbol of remembrance.
Rutherford said there is good participation for Remembrance Day in Summerland.
The schools will all have Remembrance Day events on Friday, Nov. 9. A community-wide Remembrance Day ceremony will be held on Sunday, Nov. 11.