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The Royal Canadian Legion celebrates “Poppy 100”

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2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the iconic Poppy symbol of Remembrance

OTTAWA, ON, 6 July 2021 – One hundred years today, the precursor to The Royal Canadian Legion officially recognized the Poppy as Canada’s lasting symbol of Remembrance. A century later, the Legion is commemorating this historic milestone.

“We are proud to be the safekeepers of this special symbol, brought to us by a visionary woman,” says Dominion President Thomas D. Irvine, CD. “Every time I see a Poppy I think of our fallen, and I thank them for their sacrifices.”

Madame Anna GuérinThe idea for the Remembrance Poppy in Canada was conceived by Madame Anna Guérin of France. She was inspired by John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields.” Anna had originally founded a charity to help rebuild regions of France torn apart by the First World War, and created poppies made of fabric to raise funds.

Later, Anna presented her concept to France’s allies, including the precursor to The Royal Canadian Legion, The Great War Veterans Association. The idea was considered at a meeting in Port Arthur, Ontario (now Thunder Bay) and was adopted on July 6, 1921.

The Legion’s “Poppy 100” tributes this year include:

  • The offering of commemorative Poppy pins that replicate the original 1921 lapel pin.
  • The release of an inspiring video that explains the history of the Poppy as Canada’s symbol of Remembrance.
  • The creation of a unique commemorative stamp by Canada Post slated for release this fall.
  • The creation of a unique commemorative coin by The Royal Canadian Mint for release this year.
  • The special lighting of several Canadian landmarks to mark the anniversary on July 6, 2021 including BC Place, the Vancouver Convention Centre and Olympic Cauldron, the West Edmonton Mall, the Calgary Tower, the Regina City Hall foyer, Niagara Falls, the CN Tower, the City of Toronto downtown sign, and the Champlain Bridge.
  • A commemorative program led by Legion representatives in Port Arthur, ON (now Thunder Bay), where the Poppy symbol was officially adopted in 1921.

Visit to learn more about the history of the Poppy.

“The Poppy is central to everything we do, and will always remain a powerful symbol in Canada,” says Angus Stanfield, Dominion Vice President and Chair of the Poppy and Remembrance committee. “When people donate to the National Poppy Campaign each November, and proudly display the Poppy on their lapel, they are reflecting their heartfelt thanks for our Veterans.”

Donations collected across the country each November during the Legion’s National Poppy Campaign go into dedicated Poppy Trust Funds and are used solely to support Veterans and their families.

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Half-mast flags: New action

An update from Dominion Command from earlier today.

Message from the Dominion President 

Branches to lower flags to half-mast for an indefinite period

In light of yesterday’s news…

Message from the Dominion President 

Dominion Convention – Important Update

An important announcement from Dominion Command.

See how your Legion is making an impact

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Legion responds to Office of the Veterans Ombudsman report
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