Members of the Royal Canadian Legion start their annual national poppy campaign today (Oct. 28) and will offer the lapel flower for donation at busy locations around the Tri-Cities until Remembrance Day, Nov. 11.
Canada’s Governor-General Mary Simon received the first poppy this morning as commander-in-chief of Canada from the legion’s Dominion President Bruce Julian.
The ceremony took place Rideau Hall in Ottawa before guests, veterans and cadets.
The biodegradable plastic poppy is Canada’s symbol of Remembrance for fallen military and RCMP veterans, reflecting the sacrifice they made for the country.
"Her Excellency’s acceptance of the first symbolic red poppy this year is a significant act of Remembrance, and one that will be repeated by countless Canadians in the days to come," Julian said in a news release.
"We are honoured by our Governor General’s support of the national poppy campaign."
In turn, the vice-regal patron of the Legion pinned poppies on the lapels of the guests at the event.
"I'm honoured to receive the First Poppy," Simon said in the release.
"Conflicts still rage and the members of the Canadian Armed Forces bravely, courageously, face the very worst so that the rest of us do not. Today and every day, I will continue to remember, honour and support our veterans and I will encourage all Canadians to do the same."
Proceeds from the poppy campaign help veterans and their families, and promote remembrance.
As well, Rideau Hall displayed a ceremonial digital poppy for Canadians that can be personalized.
Funds raised through the digital campaign go to the Legion National Foundation.
For more information, you're encouraged to visit mypoppy.ca.