of the major pillars of the Legion is our Poppy and Remembrance Program
which is why it has been a part of our mission statement for more than
Through this program, which includes the
Poster and Literary contests, an online Teachers' Guide, the Pilgrimage
of Remembrance, the National Silver Cross Mother, the Virtual Wall of
Remembrance and Honour, the Presentation of the First Poppy to the
Governor General of Canada followed by the Poppy Campaign and
Remembrance Day ceremonies, a growing number of Canadians have come to
accept Remembrance as a fundamental part of being Canadian.
The overall success of this program over the years, however, is due, in
large part, to the support of Legion branches everywhere and the
thousands of legionnaire volunteers who believe that honouring Veterans
is our duty.
It is that belief that motivates Legionnaires such as Korea War Veteran
Alice Milmore who has been helping with the National Remembrance Day
ceremony in Ottawa for more than 30 years.
It is that belief that motivated others such as Syd Pratt from Kelowna,
BC who is a 96-year old Second World War Veteran who has been
volunteering for the Poppy Campaign for more than 20 years. In 2015, he
alone raised $45K of the total $125K raised by his Legion Branch.
Last year, through the collective efforts, legionnaires everywhere
distributed more than 21 million Poppies and supporting materials. From
the 2014 campaign financial statements, $17 million was distributed
across Canada to Veterans in need.
The Legion Poppy and
Remembrance Program is Canada's preferred method to perpetuate the
memory and deeds of past, present and future Veterans and I invite all
36 million Canadians to support this program again this year and wear a
Lest we Forget!
Through Normandy and Flanders
Chilliwack Library: Thursday, November 3, 7 pm - 8:30 pm
"2017 is the centenary of Vimy Ridge, the most significant Canadian
battle of the First World War and a defining moment in our nation's
history. Travel with us to the Canadian battlefields, cemeteries and
memorials of Normandy and Flanders. More than a travelogue, this
presentation uses slides and personal narratives to explore the Normandy
beaches and the Vimy memorial, as well as additional interesting sites
and remarkable heroic individuals of both world wars. Bruce Bennewith,
of Rainbow Country Travel and Tours, is a local travel consultant with
extensive experience and a particular interest in historic
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