As one of our primary goals, fostering Remembrance is a part of everything we do. Thanks to the longstanding tradition of the Annual Literary and Poster Contests, we have been able to involve Canadian school children in helping us to promote not only the National Remembrance Day Service, but also the act of honouring our military heritage.
Ensuring a Tradition
For some time now, we have sponsored the annual Poster and Literary Contests that are open to all Canadian school children. Through their participation, youth assist us in one of our primary goals – fostering the tradition of Remembrance amongst Canadians.
The Legion encourages schools to contact their local Royal Canadian Legion Branch for details on coordinating the Poster and Literary Contests.
Each year, the contests are divided into four categories:
- Senior – grades 10, 11, 12;
- Intermediate – grades 7, 8 and 9;
- Junior – grades 4, 5 and 6; and
- Primary (Poster Contest only) – grades 1, 2 and 3.
The Poster Contest is divided into two divisions — Colour and Black & White and the Literary Contest is divided into Essay and Poem divisions.
Deadlines for entries in the Poster and Literary Contests are determined by the local Legion branches. Please contact your Legion Branch for details.
The winning entries for the four categories (school grades) are displayed at the Canadian War Museum from July 1 to May 1 of the following year. For the poster contest, the second place winners, and any receiving an Honourable Mention, are also displayed in the foyer of the House of Commons during the annual Remembrance period in November.
As well, The Legion sponsors a trip to Ottawa for the Senior Winners in the four contests (two poster, essay and poetry) to attend the National Remembrance Day Service where they place a wreath on behalf of the youth of Canada. They also have an opportunity to meet and visit with the Governor General.
Entering and Regulations
Students may enter as many contests as they wish to but may submit only one entry for each category.
DEADLINES FOR ENTRIES in the Poster and Literary Contests are determined by the local Legion branches. Schools should contact their local Legion in September to participate. Please contact your local Branch for details.
Initial judging takes place at the community level by volunteers at local Legion branches, and the winning entries progress to judging at the provincial level. From here, these entries are forwarded to Ottawa where they are judged and the national winners are then declared. These winning entries, along with the names of the entrants, are then published in the Winners Booklet sent to all branches, available for schools and found below.