Annual poppy campaign kicks off in Kelowna

This year poppies will be available at 840 locations throughout the city.

Kelowna Royal Canadian Legion branch 26 president John Cashin pins a poppy on Kelonwa-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan's lapel as Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray looks on.

The 2012 Royal Canadian Legion poppy campaign kicked off in Kelowna on Friday with both Mayor Walter Gray and local MP Ron Cannan telling a group of veterans at the legion hall on Bertram Street how important they feel it is for Canadians young and old to remember those who died in the service of their country. Gray and Cannan were two of the first to buy poppies for this year’s Kelowna campaign, which will feature 840 locations throughout the city where poppies can be picked up and donations made. The campaign will run through Nov 10 and Remembrance Day celebrations will be held throughout the Central Okanagan—including at the cenotaph in City Park—on Nov. 11 starting at 11 a.m.

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