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  • First Poppy presented to Canada’s Governor General

    Oct 16, 2020
    Royal Canadian Legion Dominion President, Thomas D. Irvine, CD, presented the symbolic First Poppy to Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada. As a result of these unprecedented times, the First Poppy was presented virtually.
  • Purchase a wreath and be part of the National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa

    Oct 1, 2020
    This year, The Royal Canadian Legion is giving the public the opportunity to purchase a wreath for the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial. Proceeds go towards the Poppy Fund in support of Veterans and their families.
  • 2020 National Poppy Campaign to launch soon

    Sep 28, 2020
    The Royal Canadian Legion’s 2020 National Poppy Campaign will begin on October 30th this year, following the tradition of launching it on the last Friday in October. Several changes will be implemented both in response to the global pandemic, and to continue modernizing the ways in which donors can support the campaign.
  • A new offering from Operation VetBuild

    Sep 2, 2020
    The Royal Canadian Legion's Operation VetBuild has recently expanded to include TableTop gaming. This program creates a supportive environment for Veterans, helping them transition to civilian life.
  • Where’s the action?

    Sep 2, 2020
    During this time of financial distress, the federal government quickly announced help for many sectors, but the Legion’s essential work was forgotten. Now after months of waiting, we need an assistance program to be expedited immediately.
  • National Remembrance Day Ceremony 2020: A more intimate commemoration

    Aug 31, 2020
    The Royal Canadian Legion is still planning for a much smaller yet heartfelt ceremony, which will include a maximum of 100 participants. The Legion will offer a Facebook Live presentation of the National Remembrance Day ceremony, and additional broadcast plans are under consideration.
  • Veterans Gather at Peacekeepers Park for First Buddy Check Coffee in Angus

    Aug 24, 2020
    Veterans and Silver Cross Mothers gathered at Peacekeepers for Angus' first Buddy Check Coffee—A Veteran run program offering comradeship in a relaxed environment, allowing for networking and sharing of experiences and stories.
  • Legion Poppy Fund Supports Veteran and Family Well-being Programs

    Jul 29, 2020
    Even through the COVID-19 crisis, The Royal Canadian Legion continues to support Veterans. With the help of generous donations made to the Legion’s Poppy Fund, we are able to provide funding for initiatives that support serving and retired military Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP members and their families.
  • Legion calls for an end to claims backlog

    Jul 6, 2020
    Amidst renewed reports of the continuing and staggering backlog of claims at Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), The Royal Canadian Legion is calling for additional improvements.
  • Stay Active With Nijmegen Marches Legion Representative Joan Cook

    Jun 9, 2020
    Legion member and Veteran Joan Cook talks training for the 2021 Marches Nijmegen and staying active & healthy during the pandemic.
  • Critical need for federal government financial support to help Legion Branches

    Jun 3, 2020
    On June 3, Royal Canadian Legion Dominion President Thomas D. Irvine, CD, sent a follow up letter to the Prime Minister pressing for immediate access to emergency financial relief for Legion Branches. Read the letter.
  • Legion joins chorus of anger over conditions in long-term care

    May 29, 2020
    The Royal Canadian Legion is demanding better and humane treatment for Veterans and Seniors in all long-term care centres in Canada. This comes after a damning report about conditions in some Ontario centres, as observed by the military’s Joint Task Force (central).
  • The Legion condemns long term care horrors

    May 27, 2020
    The Royal Canadian Legion vehemently condemns the life-endangering and unethical actions in long term care facilities in Ontario as reported through military Joint Task Force (central) observations.
  • From masks to paper hearts: Legion Branches forge ahead with pandemic projects

    May 13, 2020
    Weeks after Legion Branches first mobilized to provide help to those who need it most during the COVID-19 crisis, devoted volunteer work continues across the country.
  • The 2020 Marches Nijmegen Goes Virtual in Canada

    May 12, 2020
    On May 5 & 8 the Canadian Armed Forces Contingent participated in a Virtual March to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands and Victory in Europe. Legion Representative Joan Cook participated in the march that honoured her grandfather and everyone who served and sacrificed.
  • Dominion President seeks clarity on Emergency Community Support Fund

    May 1, 2020
    On April 28, Royal Canadian Legion Dominion President, Thomas D. Irvine, sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau requesting clarity on the Emergency Community Support Fund.
  • Cancelled: 44th National Youth Track and Field Championships

    Apr 6, 2020
    The pandemic and related public health concerns have forced the cancellation of the 2020 Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships, originally scheduled to take place from August 7-9 in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
  • National Headquarters announces $3 million for Branches

    Apr 3, 2020
    In an unprecedented move, the Legion’s National Headquarters will release a total of 3 million dollars to help struggling Branches in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Legion initiatives going strong in the midst of the pandemic

    Mar 26, 2020
    With a little ingenuity and in the spirit of supporting our Veterans and communities, amazing work is happening in many parts of the country – Legion members have found ways to continue helping while respecting advice from medical officials.
  • More than a Fish tale: Heroes Mending on the Fly

    Mar 12, 2020
    “You don’t feel like you are alone in your journey,” said one Veteran. “I have not felt this relaxed in a very long time,” said another. Telling remarks from participants in the Heroes Mending on the Fly program, a national program wholeheartedly supported by the Legion both in concept and through its Poppy Trust Fund, which exists thanks to donations from generous Canadians.