Clearwater Mayor Merlin Blackwell receives the customary first poppy from Harry James, former president of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 259. (John Thomas photo)

Clearwater Mayor Merlin Blackwell receives the customary first poppy from Harry James, former president of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 259. (John Thomas photo)

First poppy flower presented to Mayor Blackwell ahead of Remembrance Day

Former Legion president Harry James presented the flower at City Hall

Clearwater Mayor Merlin Blackwell was presented the first poppy of the National Poppy Campaign by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 259 ahead of Remembrance Day (Nov 11).

Former legion president, Harry James presented the poppy to the mayor at the district of Clearwater office on Oct. 25 as an extended gesture of the flower that was also given to Canada’s Governor General Mary Simon in Ottawa. The flower was also presented to B.C.’s Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin.

“The poppy is a symbol of the lives that were lost In Flanders Fields (John McCrae’s poem),” said James, adding, “It is symbolic and a memorial marker to the lives lost and those who came back badly wounded.”

On the occasion, mayor Blackwell said the local Legion team is a cornerstone group in Clearwater community.

“They are such a good bunch of people who open their hearts and their building to make social events and connections happen,” Blackwell said in support of the legion.


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