The Royal Canadian Legion

The Royal Canadian Legion

October 10, 2013 10:00 ET

Legion Presents Symbolic First Poppy to Governor General

Poppy Campaign launches October 25

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 10, 2013) - Gordon Moore, Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion, presented His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, and Patron of The Royal Canadian Legion, with the symbolic First Poppy today at Rideau Hall.

Her Excellency Sharon Johnston was then presented a Poppy by Larry Murray, Grand President of The Royal Canadian Legion, setting the stage for the Poppy Campaign to get under way officially two weeks later on Friday, October 25. The Legion's Poppy Campaign always kicks off the last Friday of October when the Poppy blossoms on the lapels and collars of over half of Canada's population.

"Remembrance Day is a day that we as a nation thank; honour and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. It is also a practical remembrance of the living - the disabled Veterans, RCMP members, widows, widowers, orphans and family members of those who served," says Mr. Moore.

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.

"By wearing the Poppy, Their Excellencies demonstrate our mutual understanding of Canada's national debt of gratitude we owe all Veterans,' adds Mr. Moore.

About the Legion

Established in 1926, the Legion is the largest Veterans service organization in Canada with more than 320,000 members. Its mission is to serve all Veterans including serving Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police members and their families, to promote Remembrance and to serve our communities and our country.

The Legion's Service Bureau Officers can assist and represent CAF members Veterans, RCMP members and their families regarding disability claims or related issues with Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board (VRAB). In communities across Canada, it is the Legion that perpetuates Remembrance through the Poppy campaign and Remembrance Day ceremonies, With more than 1,450 branches, The Legion supports programs for seniors, Veterans housing, Long Term Care, youth leadership, education, sports, Cadets, Guides and Scouts. We will Remember Them.

Contact Information

  • Bruce Poulin
    Dominion Command
    The Royal Canadian Legion
    bruce.poulin@legion.ca
    (613) 591-3335 ext. 241
    Cell: (613) 292-8760