OTTAWA, ON, OCTOBER 25TH 2013 – The annual national Legion Poppy Campaign started earlier this morning as Legion members headed out to their local designated areas to offer poppies to Canadians. This year, it is hoped that more than 18 million poppies will be proudly worn by Canadians between now and November 11th 2013.
“Every year, for two weeks, thousands of Legion members volunteer their time to offer poppies and raise millions that will be provided to Veterans and their families in need,” says Gordon Moore, Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion. “While I am proud to be a Veteran, I am also particularly proud to be a member of the Legion during this period when millions of Canadians answer the call to help our Veterans through the Poppy Campaign,” adds Moore.
If you would like to make a donation and receive a Poppy and there is no Poppy booth nearby, please contact your local Legion branch and they will be more than pleased to help out. You can find your local branch using the Branch Locator6 feature on the Legion website – www.legion.ca.
Since 1921, the Poppy has stood as the Symbol of Remembrance, a visual pledge to never forget those Canadians who have fallen in war and military support operations. The Poppy also stands internationally as a “symbol of collective reminiscence”, as other countries have also adopted its image to honour those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.