The Poppy Campaign officially got underway this week in Williams Lake with Mayor Kerry Cook receiving a poppy from Royal Canadian Legion Branch 139 President Bonnie O’Neill Tuesday. Poppies have been in demand early this year due to the two attacks against Canadian soldiers on home soil in recent weeks.

The Poppy Campaign officially got underway this week in Williams Lake with Mayor Kerry Cook receiving a poppy from Royal Canadian Legion Branch 139 President Bonnie O’Neill Tuesday. Poppies have been in demand early this year due to the two attacks against Canadian soldiers on home soil in recent weeks.

Locals look for ways to show respect to soldiers

Remembrance Day wreaths are quickly being spoken for and poppies are in high demand early since attacks were made against Canadian soldiers.

Remembrance Day wreaths are quickly being spoken for and poppies are in high demand early since attacks were made against Canadian soldiers last week.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 139 President Bonnie O’Neill said she has seen a heightened interest locally in marking Remembrance Day in the days following the shooting deaths of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, 53, and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24.

“More people are stepping up requesting wreaths and crosses for our service on Nov. 11,” O’Neill said.

Every year the legion in Williams Lake co-ordinates the poppy campaign, with help from local army and sea cadets.

Joe Bazan is the chair of the poppy campaign, which will have poppies out to merchants by Friday, Oct. 31.

Bazan said the campaign kicked off nationally on Tuesday morning, provincially a few hours later and in cities by the afternoon.

“On Friday wreaths and crosses will be displayed at some local businesses,” Bazan said. “Reserves in the backroom for wreaths and crosses are pressed to the limit.”

During the weekend cadets will be doing a poppy blitz around the community, he added.

Poppies are available by donation and locally all the money raised goes into a trust account for the benefit of veterans and active members of the armed services.

Another way for people to contribute is to text the word “poppy” to the number 20222 and $5 will be donated toward the provincial poppy fund.

“I don’t text but it’s a way for people who are using technology to get involved,” Bazan said.

The first time Bazan wore a poppy it was 1964 and his family was living in Quesnel.

“I was in Grade 10 and my dad was a second world war vet,” he recalled.

When asked if there’s a trick to securing a poppy he suggested putting it back through the fabric, bending the end over or using a little plastic plug from a corsage.

“We want as many poppies out there as possible so if you lose one get another one. You don’t have to pay again if you do lose one.”

Volunteers are needed for the ceremony taking place on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

Bazan can be reached at 250-392-7210 (home) or at the legion (250-392-7311).

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
COVID-19: B.C. seniors aged 80+ can start to sign up for vaccination on March 8

Long-term care residents protected by shots already given

Williams Lake RCMP are investigating after suspects assaulted two employees at a convenience store and fled with cash and merchandise. (Black Press file photo)
Williams Lake RCMP investigating robbery at local convenience store

The robbery occurred Saturday evening, Feb. 27

?Esdilagh First Nation health department staff were thrilled to rollout out the community’s first COVID-19 vaccines Friday, Feb. 26. L-R: registered nurse Sam Riczu, elder worker Marie Conway, wellness coordinator Linda Siwalace, community health representative Sharon Palmantier and youth coordinator Dakotah Casey. (photo submitted)
?Esdilagh First Nation receives first COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccination clinic held Feb. 26 for high-risk elders

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Highway 97 two-vehicle crash near 150 Mile House claims one life

The collision closed the highway at 150 Mile House

Cariboo-Prince George MP Todd Doherty chairs an opioid crisis working group pushing for policies to stop the flow of illicit drugs in Canada. (Victoria Police Department photo)
‘The opioid crisis impacts all of us’: Cariboo Prince Geroge MP Todd Doherty

Todd Doherty is co-chair of Conservative Party caucus opioid crisis working group

Langley resident Carrie MacKay shared a video showing how stairs are a challenge after spending weeks in hospital battling COVID-19 (Special to Langley Advance Times)
VIDEO: Stairs a challenge for B.C. woman who chronicled COVID-19 battle

‘I can now walk for six (to) 10 minutes a day’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

B.C. Attorney General David Eby speaks in the legislature, Dec. 7, 2020. Eby was given responsibility for housing after the October 2020 provincial election. (Hansard TV)
B.C. extends COVID-19 rent freeze again, to the end of 2021

‘Renoviction’ rules tightened, rent capped to inflation in 2022

Face mask hangs from a rear-view mirror. (Black Press image)
B.C. CDC unveils guide on how to carpool during the pandemic

Wearing masks, keeping windows open key to slowing the spread of COVID-19

Churches, including Langley’s Riverside Calvary Church, are challenging the regulations barring them from holding in-person worship services during COVID-19. (Langley Advance Times file)
Det. Sgt. Jim Callender. (Hamilton Police Service screenshot)
B.C. man dead, woman seriously injured after shooting in Hamilton, Ont.

The man was in the process of moving to the greater Toronto area, police say

(Black Press file photo)
Child in critical condition, homicide investigators probe incident near Agassiz

The child was transported to hospital but is not expected to survive

Sewage plant in Lower Mainland, operated by Metro Vancouver. (Metro Vancouver screenshot)
‘Poop tracker’ launches as researchers test Lower Mainland sewage water for COVID-19

‘Studying the virus in wastewater allows researchers to look at an entire population…’

Most Read