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Legion Launches Poppy Campaign Today!

Oct 25 2013 12:00AM

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 10/25/13 -- The annual national Legion Poppy Campaign started earlier this morning as Legion members headed out to their local designed areas to offer poppies to Canadians. This year, it is hoped that more than 18 million poppies will be proudly worn by Canadians between now and November 11th 2013.

"Every year, for two weeks, thousands of Legion members volunteer their time to offer poppies and raise millions that will be provided to Veterans and their families in need," says Gordon Moore, Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion. "While I am proud to be a Veteran, I am also particularly proud to be a member of the Legion during this period when millions of Canadians answer the call to help our Veterans through the Poppy Campaign," adds Moore.

If you would like to make a donation and receive a Poppy and there is no Poppy booth nearby, please contact your local Legion branch and they will be more than pleased to help out. You can find your local branch using the Branch Locator feature on the Legion website - www.legion.ca.

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.

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.



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





Source: Marketwire


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