Creston Mayor Ron Toyota was presented with the first 2011 poppy by Korean War veteran Al Demitra (left) and Second World War veteran Bob Vigne.

Legion’s annual poppy campaign kicks off in Creston

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  • Oct. 30, 2011 11:00 a.m.

Creston Mayor Ron Toyota was presented with the first poppy to kick off the Royal Canadian Legion’s annual poppy campaign, which started last week.

Doing the honours were Korean War veteran Al Demitra, who served in the navy, and Bob Vigne, an army veteran of the Second World War.

“Each year, approximately 18 million poppies are distributed by legionnaires, veterans and cadets across the nation,” said “The proceeds, after deducting expenses such as the costs of poppies, wreaths and other supplies, are placed in trust to be used for the benevolent support of Veterans and their dependants.”

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