Mayor Ken Popove did double duty Thursday in launching the 2019 poppy drive of the Royal Canadian Legion in Chilliwack leading up to Remembrance Day.
Aside from the traditional poppy-pinning to signal the start of the annual Legion fundraising campaign, Mayor Popove also unveiled new street signs for Main Street that feature a poppy design to honour local veterans.
The signs were installed along on Main Street between Patten and Wellington.
Legion reps Sharon Churchill and Krista Smith from Branch #4 and Branch #280 respectively were on-hand to pin the ceremonial first poppy on Mayor Popove’s jacket, near the Chilliwack cenotaph.
To pay respects on Remembrance Day, local services will be at: The Veterans’ Memorial Park downtown with a parade going from Evergreen Hall to outside the Museum, at the All Sappers’ Memorial Cenotaph at Vedder Crossing on Nov. 11, at 10:30 a.m., or Coqualeetza Longhouse, with ceremony starting at 10 a.m.
How to wear a poppy:
• Worn on the left side over the heart;
• Since it’s a sacred symbol of Remembrance it shouldn’t be affixed with any pin that obstructs it;
• Typically worn during the Remembrance period, which is from the last Friday in October until Nov. 11;
For more info about the Poppy Campaign, or the Royal Canadian Legion, see Legion.ca.