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The Legion Dispatch – November 2020

A branch-focused newsletter from Dominion Command (note that some items have been removed because they were not applicable to international branches).

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November 2020
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In this edition – November 2020
New Federal Funding announced for Legion Branches
Veterans Affairs Canada announced a new aid package providing $14 million in support to Legion Branches struggling with operational costs as a result of the pandemic. Information on how to apply for funding was emailed to Legion Branches on November 17.
Learn more  ‣
Lest We Forget Watch Special Offer
All new and returning members who prepay for 5 years of membership before November 30th will receive a FREE Legion Poppy watch! Both men’s and women’s styles are available.
Thank you for your support during the time of Remembrance
Thank you to our Branches and Legion members for your support and volunteer time during the Poppy Campaign and Remembrance Day commemorations. Because of your efforts, even through these tumultuous times, the Legion can ensure Canada never forgets.
A recap of the National Remembrance Day Ceremony is available on Facebook.
Meet this year’s National Silver Cross Mother
The 2020-2021 National Silver Cross Mother was announced earlier this month. Mrs. Deborah Sullivan of Summerville, New Brunswick, will represent Silver Cross Mothers across Canada until the end of October, 2021.
The Memorial Cross – more commonly referred to as the Silver Cross – introduced in 1919, is a symbol of personal loss and sacrifice on behalf of widows and mothers who lose a child on active duty, or whose death is later attributed to such duty.
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Advocating for Veterans
The Royal Canadian Legion is actively involved in Veteran Affairs Canada Ministerial Advisory Groups. The Record of Discussion from a recent Policy Advisory Group meeting in December 2019 is now available for viewing.
Read the Record  ‣
+ Sign up for Direct Deposits from Legion National Headquarters
Sign up to receive Branch payments from Legion National Headquarters through direct deposit to your bank account by completing the attached Direct Deposit Form. No more bank runs or waiting for your cheque to arrive! Simply download and complete the form and email it to DirectDeposit@legion.ca.
For questions, please contact Tiffany Patterson at the Legion National Headquarters Finance Department by calling 613- 591-3335 ext. 262.
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The Member Services Department is available, Monday through Friday, 8:30–4:30 pm EST by email and by phone.
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It’s time for members to renew
Find a wide variety of recruitment and renewal resources on the Member Services Website, as well as free materials through the Legion Supply Department.
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Promote MemberPerks®
The holiday shopping season is here – and it’s never been easier to save than with MemberPerks®. MemberPerks® is a great way to attract new members to the Legion and offer current members huge savings and deals! Promote the program at your Branch this season and help members save on their holiday shopping! Plus, offer your members even more value by using inviting local retailers, services and restaurants in your area to participate.
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Your Legion calendar: December 2020
Promote important dates and organize activities at your Branch with this list of upcoming days that raise awareness of an issue, commemorate a group or event, or celebrate an important topic.
Partner promotions
The following is brought to you by our partners, highlighting special offers and other information.
Introducing MBNA Payment Plans
Recently made a large or unexpected purchase? MBNA is excited to be launching a digital-only Payment Plan* that will allow primary cardholders to pay for eligible credit card purchases with monthly Payment Plans at a lower interest rate than their Royal Canadian Legion credit card for an applicable fee. MBNA Payment Plans make it more convenient to pay for large purchases and manage your budget.
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*not available in Quebec
News from the Legion National Foundation
The Legion National Foundation Board of Directors invites you to visit the new website. The Legion National Foundation, in partnership with The Royal Canadian Legion, works at the national level to support initiatives that positively impact the wellbeing and quality of life of Canada’s Veterans and their families. You will be inspired by the following impact areas of the Foundation including Veterans’ Wellness, Scholarships & Bursaries, Remembrance Contests for Children & Youth and Pilgrimages of Remembrance.
Visit the website
Special offer from Legion Magazine
The new year is fast approaching! Make sure you’re prepared with the Legion’s 2021 calendar, which includes historical military dates and rarely-seen photographs.
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Digital Poppy Campaign – 2020

If you happen to live in an area that does not have an active branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, this might be an option for you to obtain a poppy.

Dear Poppy Campaign Supporter:

Last year you kindly and generously donated to the Legion’s National Poppy Campaign through the Digital Poppy initiative at www.mypoppy.ca.  

We’re asking if you could please participate as a donor again this year. All funds raised from donations through the Digital Poppy are dedicated to needed programs and services for our Veterans and their families.  

Please visit www.mypoppy.ca to personalize, dedicate and share your 2020 Digital Poppy. 

Thank you for your continued support. 


David Flannigan

David Flannigan, Chair, Legion National Foundation

The Digital Poppy as part of the National Poppy Campaign is generously supported by our corporate partner, HomeEquity Bank.   

The National Remembrance Day Ceremony – Facebook Live

The 2020 National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa looks a little different this year. For the first time, spectators are discouraged from attending the service and encouraged to watch from home. Tune in to pay your respects on Facebook Live beginning at 7:45 am PST/10:45 am EST.

The two minutes of silence will be held at 8:00 am PST/11:00 am EST.

We Will Remember Them.

2020 National Remembrance Day Ceremony Overview: https://www.legion.ca/remembrance/remembrance-day/the-national-ceremony

la Cérémonie nationale du jour du Souvenir à Ottawa est un peu différente cette année. Pour la première fois, les spectateurs sont découragés d’assister au service et encouragés à regarder de chez eux. Connectez-vous pour présenter vos respects sur Facebook en direct à partir de 7 h 45 HNO/10 h 45 HNE.

Les deux minutes de silence auront lieu à 8 h 00 HNO/11 h 00 HNE.

Nous nous souviendrons d’eux.Cérémonie nationale du Souvenir 2020 – Un aperçu : https://www.legion.ca/fr/souvenir/jour-du-souvenir/participation-a-la-ceremonie-nationale

Join / Rejoindre : https://www.facebook.com/events/382710382890676/

First Poppy presented to Canada’s Governor General

We received this from Dominion Command earlier today.

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette receives inaugural poppy

OTTAWA, ON, 16 October 2020 – The First Poppy of The Royal Canadian Legion’s 2020 National Poppy Campaign was presented to Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada today. For the first time, and due to the pandemic, a virtual presentation took place in lieu of the traditional ceremony held at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

The Legion’s Dominion President, Thomas D. Irvine, CD offered the flower with words of thanks. “Veterans both past and present appreciate your personal engagement,” said Irvine. “Your example will be followed by millions in Canada and abroad. All will take comfort in this symbolic act, and through the continuing support for our Veterans shown by you and by Canadians.”

As Viceregal Patron of The Royal Canadian Legion, Ms. Payette accepted the symbolic poppy and expressed her support for the 2020 National Poppy Campaign.

“Of course, this year, the campaign looks different,” she said. “But the intent is still the same and is still as noble. We must support our veterans, as they supported us during challenging points in our history,” she shared. Her Excellency reflected her admiration for all Veterans who have served our country. “Thank you for all you have done and you still do, for Canada. And thank you to all Canadians, for supporting the National Poppy Campaign,” she said.

The Legion’s 2020 National Poppy Campaign launches each year on the last Friday in October, and will begin on October 30 this year.

“This year the poppy also reminds us of the special significance of 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War,” said Vice Admiral (Ret’d) Larry Murray, Legion Grand President. “In this year of the pandemic, Remembrance also reminds us that our nation has been through even more challenging times than we’re experiencing now. Canadians persevered then and we will now.”

As the national symbol of Remembrance, the red poppy represents the ongoing thankfulness Canadians have for all fallen military and RCMP Veterans.

Funds donated locally during the National Poppy Campaign are distributed locally to help support Veterans and their families, communities, and to promote Remembrance.

About The Royal Canadian Legion

Founded in 1925, the Legion is Canada’s largest Veteran support and community service organization. We are a non-profit organization with a national reach across Canada as well as branches in the U.S., Europe and Mexico. With 260,000 members, many of whom volunteer an extraordinary amount of time to their branches, our strength is in our numbers.

Public Relations / Media Inquiries: PublicRelations@Legion.ca / 343-540-7604 – Nujma Bond


Original available at https://www.legion.ca/news/articles/2020/10/16/first-poppy-presented-to-canada-s-governor-general 

Digital Poppy

An item from Dominion Command.

Good afternoon,

This Remembrance Day, honor veterans by dedicating a Poppy in memory of their name at mypoppy.ca

Thank you,



En ce jour du Souvenir, rendons hommage à un vétéran en lui dédiant un coquelicot commémoratif personnel sur moncoquelicot.ca.


Freeman D. Chute, MMM, CD
Senior Program Officer/Agent principal de programme