Every year, The Royal Canadian Legion conducts the Poppy Campaign, along with thousands of our members who volunteer from coast to coast to coast, to raise funds in support of Veterans and their families.
Today, Central Saanich was presented with the first poppy by President of the Peninsula Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion Val Noyes, as well as a very special gift, a Poppy Flag, by veteran and retired Captain Frank Hawboldt.
Chief Les Sylvan, of the Central Saanich Police performed the inaugural raising of Central Saanich’s poppy flag. Raising the flag is an official way for our community to kick off the National Poppy Campaign and the flag will be flown each year.
Every November, we wear poppies to honour the men and women who have served our country. The Legion’s poppy campaign not only helps us remember, but it raises funds that help to look after the health and well-being of returning soldiers, veterans, and their families through mental health support, financial assistance, housing services, and other very worthy community services.
You can learn more about the Poppy Campaign here: http://www.legion.ca/remembrance/the-poppy.