Central Saanich marked the start of the annual poppy campaign with two firsts: the raising of the Poppy Flag and the presentation of the first poppy to Mayor Ryan Windsor. In an interview, Windsor said he hoped both would be yearly traditions.
In a small ceremony, the mayor said Jeanie Tate, who works with the District, learned of the flag while doing research for the new Central Saanich cenotaph. The District then contacted the local Legion branch and received a flag.
In another first for Central Saanich, this year’s Remembrance Day ceremony will be held at Pioneer Park on Clarke Road because of a new cenotaph that was recently installed.
Poppies will be available at the front counter of Municipal Hall until Friday, Nov. 9.