VIDEO: Legion, cadets, and City of Duncan kick off annual Poppy Campaign

Air cadets march to Legion Poppy Flag raising ceremony on Oct. 29. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Town crier Ben Buss talks about the history of the poppy. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Photo: Cadets and Legion members gather at the City of Duncan flagpole to kick off the annual Poppy Drive. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Legion members make their way to the ceremony outside Duncan City Hall. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
A brilliantly sunny day brought out many long-time Legion members to take part in the flag raising ceremony. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen) A brilliantly sunny day brought out many long-time Legion members to take part in the flag raising ceremony. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Under careful supervision, air cadets Robin Waldie and Dawson Olson place a cross in the veterans section of Mountainview Cemetery. The crosses are placed to honour veterans in advance of Remembrance Day. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Sgt. Kyle Worth and Cadet Eddie Marchant place a cross Sunday, Oct. 29 as part of their annual show of respect for fallen veterans. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Flt. Sgt. Robin Waldie and Dawson Olson place a cross at a veteran’s grave at Mountainview Cemetery. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Starting with the annual raising of the Poppy Flag at Duncan City Hall on Sunday, Oct. 29, the Royal Canadian Legion kicked off a period of awareness of the coming of Remembrance Day in the Cowichan Valley.

Later, the cadets and their supervisors and parents headed out to Mounainview Cemetery to place crosses on the graves of Valley veterans buried there.

This is part of significant and increasingly successful efforts across the Cowichan Valley to bring Remembrance Day and its history into the 21st century and make it part of people’s lives today.

Crosses will be or have been placed at Westholme, several churchyards in Duncan, and cemeteries in Cobble Hill, Cowichan Station, Shawnigan Lake, and Mill Bay by the time every event has been held.

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