Poppy chair Sam Esopenko, right, of the Mount Arrowsmith Legion Branch 49, pins one of the first poppies onto Salvation Army Major Norman Hamelin in Parksville Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. The local Royal Canadian Legion branches each hosted their Poppy Flag raising campaigns Friday. Legion members will be out in the community collecting donations for poppy pins up until Remembrance Day. — Lauren Collins photo

Poppy chair Sam Esopenko, right, of the Mount Arrowsmith Legion Branch 49, pins one of the first poppies onto Salvation Army Major Norman Hamelin in Parksville Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. The local Royal Canadian Legion branches each hosted their Poppy Flag raising campaigns Friday. Legion members will be out in the community collecting donations for poppy pins up until Remembrance Day. — Lauren Collins photo

PHOTO: Poppy campaign begins in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Legions hosted Poppy Flag raising

The three local branches of the Royal Canadian Legion, Mount Arrowsmith (Parksville), Qualicum Beach and Bowser, each hosted their respective Poppy Flag raising ceremonies on Friday (Oct. 27).

From now until Remembrance Day, volunteers will be in key locations with poppies for the public by donation.

— NEWS Staff