The Qualicum Beach Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76 is set to start its poppy campaign on Oct. 29.
To launch the campaign, which runs through Nov. 6, a flag-raising ceremony will be held on Friday, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. at the Legion’s Cenotaph. It will be following by the pinning of the first poppy on Mayor Brian Wiese and a benediction from a pastor.
Following that, legion members will be all over the Town of Qualicum Beach starting a 11 a.m. They will be at the following locations: Pharmasave, Quality Foods, Liquor Store, Dolly’s Home Hardware and the Home Building Centre on the Island Highway.
Canvassers will also be at the community centre on Veterans Way during the farmers’ market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Legion will also hold a candlelight tribute ceremony on Nov. 10 at the Legion Cenotaph at 4 p.m. The tribute was started in 1995 in the Netherlands when Dutch children laid lighted candles on the graves of Canadian soldiers, leaving them burning overnight in silent tribute to the fallen.
The candles used for the tribute are made in Netherlands specifically for this purpose. They will be on sale at the Legion starting Oct. 22 to Nov. 6 at $5 each. Members of the public are also welcome to purchase the candles to be placed at the Cenotaph. Order forms and envelopes are ready at the Legion.