Poppy & Remembrance
Each year, on the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we observe Remembrance Day across Canada. Every year we gather in community halls, memorial parks, schools, living rooms and more to observe a moment of silence and to mark the sacrifice and honour of so many.
Honouring the Past
As part of our Mission, The Legion strives to ensure that the deeds of those who fell are not forgotten. Whether it is through our promotion and organization of Remembrance Day events across the country, our annual Poppy Campaign, the creation and care of memorials like the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the preservation of the records and memories of fallen heroes, youth education or many of the other activities we are involved in, we honour the past.
Respecting the Present
Of course, it is not only to honour the fallen that we observe Remembrance Day each and every year. As part of our observance, we also acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of both the Veterans including currently serving. In fact, through the generosity of Canadians who take part in our Poppy Campaign, we are able to serve Veterans and their families on a daily basis.
Fostering the Future
"In Flanders Fields, the poppies blow"
Summarizing the fear of Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae in 1915 that he, like so many others, would be forgotten and their death would be in vain, "In Flanders Fields", like the poppies it speaks of, has grown to be a part of not only the thoughts of soldiers, but also those who honour them. Continuing to educate youth through Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae and his famous work, along with many other programs, ensures that Remembrance holds meaning each and every day, not just on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.