Poppy campaign underway

The Royal Canadian Legion is now selling poppies and wristbands for Remembrance Day.

Left to right: Les Radcliffe

Left to right: Les Radcliffe

The Royal Canadian Legion’s 2013 Poppy Campaign is underway as of Friday, Oct. 25.

Members of Branch 24 Cranbrook were on hand Thursday at City Hall to present Mayor Wayne Stetski, as representative of the municipal government, with the first poppy of the season.

Les Radcliffe, third vice-president, and Clive Brown, president, both co-chairs of the Cranbrook campaign, had to wait until after 11 a.m. to make the presentation — by protocol, both the Governor General of Canada and the Lieutenant Governor of B.C. must receive their poppies first.

But as of Friday, we all of us can now wear poppies with pride and recognition of our veterans’ sacrifice, so look for the poppies on sale around town and get one today.

Mayor Stetski was also presented with a “Lest We Forget” wristband, which is new this year from the Royal Canadian Legion and is already proving immensely popular among the citizenry.