City staff installing the new street sign on Main street emblazoned with a poppy. (City of Chilliwack)

City staff installing the new street sign on Main street emblazoned with a poppy. (City of Chilliwack)

Mayor’s poppy marks the start of the annual campaign from the Royal Canadian Legion

Reps from both Legions were on-hand for the annual pinning of the ceremonial poppy

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.

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Mayor Ken Popove receives the first poppy of the annual campaign from Royal Canadian Legion Branch #4 VP Sharon Churchill, along with Branch #280 president Krista Smith at the Chilliwack cenotaph. (City of Chilliwack)

Mayor Ken Popove receives the first poppy of the annual campaign from Royal Canadian Legion Branch #4 VP Sharon Churchill, along with Branch #280 president Krista Smith at the Chilliwack cenotaph. (City of Chilliwack)