The 2019 Poppy Fund Campaign officially kicked off in Courtenay Friday afternoon, with the traditional flag-raising ceremony outside city hall.
Members of the Courtenay Legion, city council, and cadets were in attendance for the ceremony.
Mayor Bob Wells read the following proclamation:
“Whereas – Every year, tens of millions of Canadians wear a Poppy as a visual pledge to honour Canada’s Veterans and remember those who sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy today; and
Whereas – This year the Poppy Fund Campaign in Courtenay will be observed from October 25th to November 11th, 2019; and
Whereas – Royal Canadian Legion Branch #17 members and cadet volunteers will be distributing poppies and accepting donations to the Poppy Fund throughout the City of Courtenay during this period to directly support Veterans and their families within the community and to help ensure Canadians ‘never forget’; and
Whereas – I encourage our citizens to give generous support to this campaign and wear a poppy in remembrance of those who fought for their country and still serve today; and
Now therefore, I, Bob Wells, Mayor of the City of Courtenay, do hereby proclaim Oct 25. to Nov. 11, 2019 as the period of the Poppy Fund Campaign.”
Poppies can be purchased at various retailers throughout Courtenay, beginning this weekend.