Keremeos Royal Canadian Legion Branch president Beverley Remizove pins the ceremonial first poppy on Mayor Manfred Bauer. (Village of Keremeos)

First poppy presented to Keremeos’ Mayor ahead of public Remembrance Day ceremony

This marks the start of the poppy campaign for the Royal Canadian Legion

The Keremeos Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion presented outgoing Mayor Manfred Bauer with the ceremonial first poppy on Friday.

The president of the branch, Beverley Remizove, presented the poppy to the mayor and pinned it on his jacket on Oct. 28.

The poppies are now available by donation including from the Village of Keremeos’ offices.

READ MORE: Keremeos Legion presents first poppy ahead of 2021 Remembrance Day

2022 marks 101 years of the Remembrance Day poppy campaign. Funds raised in the annual campaign leading up to Nov. 11 will go toward various initiatives and programs to support Canadian veterans, their families and dependants, as well as seniors.

This year marks the return of the Remembrance Day ceremony fully to the public.

In 2021 and 2020 the ceremony was limited due to the pandemic.

It will begin with the line-up ahead of the march outside the Legion Hall at 10:30 a.m., with the ceremony to follow at 11 a.m.

Once the wreaths are laid, the public is invited back to the Legion to enjoy chili and stew, and music from 12 until 2 p.m.

Wreaths that are laid at the Cenotaph will be available for pick-up at the Legion Hall after Armistice Day.

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