Poppy campaign begins in earnest

Parksville, Qualicum Beach and Bowser legion members fan out

Doreen Wilson (left) and Sue Hodges raise the Remembrance Day flag at the Parksville Legion Friday starting the season’s poppy campaign. Look for volunteers with poppies in front of local supermarkets and liquor stores.

Doreen Wilson (left) and Sue Hodges raise the Remembrance Day flag at the Parksville Legion Friday starting the season’s poppy campaign. Look for volunteers with poppies in front of local supermarkets and liquor stores.

The Parksville Legion, Branch 49 joined those across the country kicking off their annual Remembrance Day poppy campaign.

The colour guard marched in the cold, pouring rain, the Remembrance Day flag was raised and Legion president and poppy chair Dave Doskoch pinned the ceremonial first poppy of the season on Parksville mayor Chris Burger.

Watch for volunteers with poppies in front of local supermarkets and liquor stores from now until Sunday, Nov. 11, when the day will be marked at cenotaph’s across Oceanside.