The Legion's Poppy
Campaign begins on the last Friday of October and runs until
year, from the last Friday in October to Remembrance Day, The
Legion conducts the Poppy Campaign. Canadians have donated money
to support the services we provide and to clearly show their
recognition of the debt owed to so many Canadians who gave their
lives for our freedom.
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”.
After expenses are deducted, such as the cost of Poppies,
wreaths and other supplies, all remaining monies are placed in
trust to be used in the benevolent support of Veterans and their
family members whether they are members of the Legion or not and
in the promotion of Remembrance.
Each November, Poppies blossom on the lapels and collars of over
half of Canada’s entire population. The Poppy Campaign inspires
Canadians to Remember.
At the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, as you
stand silently in Remembrance, wherever you are, that small
piece of real estate under your feet, becomes hallowed ground
and the ghosts of all those lost in defence of freedom, stand