You can donate at any time of the year through an eTransfer at firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting our Poppy Chairperson at our branch. Donations to the Poppy Campaign go directly and entirely to support Veterans and their families for a multitude of reasons such as emergency housing and food, care, counselling, PTSD, accessibility, etc. They are not used towards administration, utilities or monthly bills for the Legions.
POPPY FUND CAMPAIGN 2020: A RECORD YEAR We have completed our 2020 Poppy Campaign which ran from October 30 to November 11 this year. My wife, Sue, and I joined the Legion last fall to play darts, by June this year I was asked to be the Poppy Fund Chairman. Everyone told me it was going to be ‘easy, fun and doesn’t take much time’. Not having been directly involved with the Legion previously, I believed them and quite frankly had this naïve idea that the Poppy Campaign involved a few Veterans standing around at the NSLC or the hardware store and a few people spreading poppy donation boxes around to the rest of the merchants. As it turned out of course, it wasn’t an ‘easy’ task, but everyone, encouraged by our Executive, was extremely supportive. Donn Miles helped me organize what was left over from previous years and to order what we needed for the campaign. Volunteers came forward to distribute the poppy boxes and wreath sales to our merchants. Another group of volunteers manned the only table we were able to have this year, which was at Home Depot. The support of the Volunteers made it a relatively ’easy’ task: we had fun doing it and the time flew by. Over the last few years typically the Poppy Campaign raised in the order of $11-12,000 annually. This year we surpassed $16,000! This is particularly gratifying when we consider the hurdles we faced this year, made so much more challenging by the Covid situation. It is comforting to be to able to respond more fully to the anticipated increased level of requests for assistance from our Veterans, their families and our community. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the support from within our ranks, the executive and membership, and of course for the generosity of our merchants, various levels of government, University and schools, and the public who all contributed to making our Poppy Campaign such a success. Peter Tatrallyay, Campaign Chair
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Promoting Remembrance is part of The Royal Canadian Legion’s mission and has been one of our principal objectives since our inception. The Legion inspires Canadians to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and to honour those who served and continue to serve today. Remembrance is a year-long commitment and we endeavour to promote it through a number of programs, services and resources.
The Legion promotes Remembrance in our communities
The Legion conducts the annual Poppy Campaign and invites all Canadians to wear a Poppy as a visual pledge to never forget those who sacrificed for our freedom
Legion Branches across the country organize and conduct annual community Remembrance services and recognition events
The Legion, on behalf of the people of Canada, organizes and conducts the National Remembrance Day service in Ottawa
Branches collaborate with communities to build and maintain local cenotaphs and memorials to honour the Fallen
Branches are proud to celebrate their local heroes and many have museums and displays to express their pride in their history.
Education to Perpetuate Remembrance
The Legion has developed an excellent interactive Teaching Guide on the subject of Remembrance.
The Legion sponsors annual national Youth Poster and Literary Contests on the theme of Remembrance. Winners at the senior level are brought to Ottawa to represent the nation’s youth at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony.
The Legion conducts a Pilgrimage of Remembrance to Europe every two years. The pilgrimage connects Legionnaires with community youth leaders to share the history of Canada’s Veterans and their service and sacrifice.
The Legion conducts Remembrance Day and commemorative ceremonies for youth in schools and special events.