Promoting Remembrance is an important 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 an ongoing commitment and we endeavour to promote it through a number of Legion programs, services and resources.
- Each year, the Legion conducts the Poppy Campaign and invites all Canadians to wear a Poppy as a visual pledge to never forget those who sacrificed for our freedom.
- On November 11 and throughout the year, Legion Branches across the country conduct community Remembrance services and other commemorative events.
- The Legion, on behalf of the people of Canada, organizes and conducts the National Remembrance Day service in Ottawa on November 11.
- The Legion selects a National Silver Cross Mother each year to place a wreath at the national Remembrance Day ceremony on behalf of all mothers who have lost children in the military service of their nation.
- The Legion conducts a Pilgrimage of Remembrance to Europe every two years. The Pilgrimage provides the opportunity for Legionnaires and others to gain a unique perspective and understanding of the sacrifices of our Veterans and those who were liberated by them.
- Legion Branches participate with communities to build and maintain local cenotaphs and memorials to honour the Fallen.
- Legion Branches proudly celebrate their local heroes and many have museums and displays to express pride in their local history.
- The Legion honours Canadian Veterans through the Virtual Wall of Honour and Remembrance, a visual montage of Veterans displayed at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony.
The Royal Canadian Legion is also committed to ensuring the tradition of Remembrance remains relevant to and supported by younger generations.
- The Legion provides an online Teaching Guide to help schools educate youth about Remembrance.
- The Legion organizes the annual National Youth Poster and Literary Contests, focussed on the theme of Remembrance. These contests see more than 100,000 students each year honour Canada’s Veterans through creative art and writing.
- Selected Sea, Army and Air Cadets and the senior winners of the Legion`s Poster and Literary Contests place a wreath at the national Remembrance Day ceremony on behalf of the youth of Canada.
- Legion Branches are involved with local schools and youth groups to educate and promote Remembrance.
- The Legion supports the Cadet leagues and involves them in Poppy Campaign and Remembrance activities.
For many, our most widely known activity is the annual Poppy campaign where tens of millions of Canadians don a Poppy and donate in support of Veterans and their families. This year, starting October 28 through November 11, we encourage all Canadians to honour and remember Canada`s Veterans and show your support by wearing a Poppy.
We will remember them.