Every year, the Legion conducts the Poppy Campaign to honour those who serve, and to raise funds in support of Veterans and their families. From the last Friday in October to Remembrance Day, all Canadians can be a part of the campaign. Wear a poppy, attend a ceremony, and show your recognition for those who gave their lives for our freedom.
Canadians are fiercely proud of our Veterans… and during the period leading up to Remembrance Day, millions of Canadians wear a Poppy as a symbol of national pride and respect, a visual pledge to never forget.
During the Poppy Campaign, thousands of Legion members from coast to coast to coast volunteer their time to distribute poppies and raise millions that will support Veterans and their families in need. While Poppies are distributed freely, the Legion truly appreciates the generous donations to the Poppy Fund in support of serving and retired Veterans and their families.
Thank you for wearing a Poppy and supporting Canada’s Veterans.
To further support our Veterans – past and present – anyone can become a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. You can also show your pride and appreciation by purchasing Poppy and commemorative items from the Poppy Store. All proceeds support Legion programs.
Wear the Legion’s Poppy online as a visual pledge to never forget our Canadian Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.
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For further information, contact Peter Valdstyn, Poppy Chair, at email@example.com
For over 90 years, the Poppy has been a symbol of honour and ultimate sacrifice, inspired by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields, written in May 1915.
In Canada, the Poppy has stood as a visual symbol of our Remembrance since 1921. However, its presence over the graves of soldiers, and in the fields of honour, was noted as early as the 19th century after the Napoleonic Wars. The reason for its adoption over 100 years later in Canada was due to, in no small part, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae and his now famous poem, “In Flanders Fields”.
This poem, written in May, 1915 on the day following the death of a fellow soldier, would serve as inspiration three years later for an American teacher, Moina Michael, who made a personal pledge after reading the poem to always wear a Poppy as a sign of Remembrance. In 1920, during a visit to the United States, a French woman, Madame Guerin, learned of the custom and decided to sell handmade Poppies to raise money for the children in war-torn areas of the country. Following her example, the Poppy was officially adopted by the Great War Veteran’s Association in Canada (our predecessor) as its Flower of Remembrance on July 5, 1921.
Today we encourage all Canadians to proudly wear a Poppy.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
~ 3 May 1915 John McCrae
(As published in Punch Magazine, 8 December 1915)
The annual Poppy Campaign starts on the last Friday in October and runs up to Nov. 11th.
Osgoode Legion conducts 4-5 Remembrance Services every year to honour the sacrifices made by our Veterans in the former wars/battles that our soldiers have fought in over the years. Each village in our District has a cenotaph honouring the local veterans of the World Wars. The remembrance services take place at the cenotaphs in each of these villages. The service at the 416 Memorial Park is done jointly with the Kemptville Legion.
To volunteer for our Colour Party for any of these services, contact Wib Cowan, Sgt-at-Arms.
Where: Located at the northbound River Road on-ramp of the Hightway 416
Date: November 9th, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM
Where: In front of the Osgoode Museum, corner of Bank & Lawrence Streets, in Vernon
Date: November 2nd, 2019
Time: 11 AM
Where: In front of the Kenmore Community Centre on Yorks Corners Road, Kenmore
Date: November 10th, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM
Where: At the Legion, 3284 Sunstrum Street, Osgoode
Date: November 10th, 2019
Time: 1:30 PM
Where: In front of the Metcalfe Client Service Centre (formerly the Old Town Hall), 8243 Victoria Street, Metcalfe
Date: November 11th, 2019
Time: 10:45 AM