Selkirk Legion poppy officer Wayne Bird presents Selkirk mayor Larry Johannson with the first poppy just outside the local legion Oct. 25. (Brook Jones/Selkirk Journal/Postmedia Network)
Selkirk Legion Branch No. 42 poppy officer Wayne Bird presented Mayor Larry Johannso with the first poppy of the campaign, Oct. 25, held each year to mark the upcoming Remembrance Day.
“What I really like about the poppy campaign over the years is that the town really reacts to it and the surrounding area. They really help out and supply the funds that we need with helping out the endeavours we do with our veterans and their families,” Bird said.
During the next nine days, thousands of poppies will be distributed around the region leading up to Nov. 11, when Canadians gather to remember the sacrifice made by our veterans in their fight for freedom.
“I think now more than ever with all the turmoil going on in the world, we are so fortunate to live in Canada,” said Johannson.
The Nov. 11 service begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Selkirk Rec Complex. In the mean time, local residents can pick up a poppy at one of a many locations around the Tri-S area.