Official Poppy Season Launched

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Members of the British Legion-Bahamas Branch (BLBB) at Government House for the launch of the official Poppy season. His Excellency The Most Honorable Cornelius A. Smith received the first poppy. From left: Captin Fernley Palmer, Captain of the 14th Bahamas Boys Brigade Company; Rachel Strachan, 2 nd Vice-Chairman BLBB; Woman Marine Reservist Adina Munroe-Charlow, Chairman/Treasurer of the BLBB; His Excellency The Most Honorable Cornelius A. Smith; Kirkwood Faquharson, Corporal of the 14th Bahamas Boys Brigade Company; Father Andrew Toppin-Advisor and Chaplain of the British Legion-Bahamas Branch; Christine Humes, Volunteer Officer; Lieutenant Eric Norville-Smith of the 14th Bahamas Boys Brigade Company.

The official launch of the poppy season was held on October 31st at Government House by members of the British Legion-Bahamas Branch (BLBB) and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. The Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, His Excellency, The Most Honorable Cornelius A. Smith was the recipient of the first official
poppy from a member of the Boys Brigade. Also in attendance were Captain Philip Clarke, Principle Officer, Strategy, Policy and Planning in the office of the Commander Defence Force and Captin Fernley Palmer, Captain of the 14th Bahamas Boys Brigade Company. The British Legion-Bahamas Branch, along with all of its Commonwealth colleagues, will observe the ending of world war II, which took place in June of

The BLBB will also pay homage to Bahamian pilots who flew over
normandy during the war. Chaired by RBDF Representative, Woman Marine Reservist Adina Munroe- Charlow, Chairman and Treasurer of the BLBB, proceeds from the poppy sales benefit the registered World War II Veterans or their widows with their monthly grants. It was a tradition that came about after 1914 during the onslaught of World War
One (WWI) in the heart of Europe. Poppies were reported to be one of the first flowers to emerge from the freshly-dug graves of dead soldiers in Northern France and Flanders Fields.

The poppy represents the immeasurable sacrifice made by the fallen and has become a lasting memorial symbol to those who died in that World War and later conflicts. Poppies are worn on the left of one’s attire, close to the heart.

Corporal Kirkwood Farquharson of the 14th Bahamas Boys Brigade Company placing the a poppy on the coat of His Excellency The Most
Honorable Cornelius A. Smith at Government House on October 31, 2019. (RBDF Photos by Chief Petty Officer Jonathan Rolle)

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