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Poppy 2 Cenotaph Remembrance - Lest We Forget




Remembrance is the cornerstone of The Royal Canadian Legion's (RCL) work in Canada. The Poppy Campaign is a major source of funds used to assist veterans, ex-service people and their dependents. In essence, the purposes and objects of the RCL were born of the need to promote unity and further the spirit of comradeship and mutual help among all who have served. The Legion strives to pass on these traditions to the families and descendants of our ex-service personnel.

Perpetuating the memory and the deeds of the fallen, the mandate of the Legion, succeeds by promoting and caring for memorials to the valour and sacrifice of our veterans and ex-service members while providing suitable burial and maintaining an annual memorial day. The Legion ensures the preservation of the records and memories in perpetuity.

By educating public opinion regarding national duties to the dead, the disabled and others who have served, as well as their dependants, the Legion strives for peace, goodwill and friendship among all nations.

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Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day shall remain and be reverently observed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of each year by us and our successors.

Every year, for about two weeks prior to Remembrance Day - November 11th - The Royal Canadian Legion conducts the Poppy & Remembrance Campaign.
Poppy emblems were first made in 1922 by disabled veterans under the sponsorship of the Department of Soldiers Civil Re-establishment. Until 1996, Poppy material was made at sheltered workshops run by Veterans Affairs Canada in Montreal and Toronto. The work provided a small source of income for disabled ex-service persons and their dependants, allowing them to take an active part in maintaining the tradition of Remembrance. That mandate has now ended and the manufacturing is being done by a private company.

The Poppy & Remembrance Campaign is intended to remind Canadians of the debt they owe those who died in the military and merchant navy service of Canada during two world wars, the Korean War and elsewhere. Donations received during the campaign are placed in trust accounts and used throughout the year to assist needy veterans, ex-service members and their families. Former members of the Commonwealth and allied military services may also be eligible to receive benefits from these funds.

Donations are not mandatory and in some case - as for example with school children - poppies are distributed solely to perpetuate the tradition of Remembrance among Canadians without any expectation of remuneration.

During the annual campaign some 15 million poppies are distributed across Canada. Activities supported by donations to Poppy Trust Funds include:

  • Assisting needy veterans, ex-service members and their families;
  • Purchasing medical appliances;
  • Funding medical research and training;
  • Providing bursaries to the children and grandchildren of veterans and ex-service members;
  • Funding accommodation and care facilities for veterans, seniors and disabledpersons.