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National poppy campaign: Canadians encouraged to wear a mask and a poppy in November


By: Samara O’Gorman


With Halloween recently coming to a close and Christmas season just around the corner, Canadians know to hold off on their festivities for Remembrance Day. The Royal Canadian Legion's annual poppy campaign encourages everyone to wear a Poppy pin as a visual reminder to honour Canada's veterans who served, and acknowledge their sacrifice. 2020’s campaign is particularity significant, since it marks 75 years since World War II concluded.


The poppy campaign itself is always the largest and most successful fundraising effort for the veterans, with all donations directly supporting them and their families. The Legion is going about the fundraiser alternatively this year, yet with the same goal in mind: remember and honour those who served in the army, for our freedom. Whilst in the midst of a pandemic and having cases on the rise, placing veteran volunteers at tables in the public would be an incredible risk. Instead, a safer substitute has been put into place which is setting donation boxes at local businesses and institutions. Even the boxes are limited this year, so Canadians are also encouraged to donate online or through text message.


Even though wearing a poppy is a huge sign of respect, it’s also crucial to know why you’re wearing it, and teach others the history. The veterans of Canada have served in a multitude of different wars and conflicts which all ensured our peace and safety back home. The wars that we hold a moment of silence for on the 11th are the following: Afghanistan War, Korean War, WWI, Persian Gulf War, WWII, and the South African War. The legion is committed to honouring and remembering the Veterans from these wars, not only on Remembrance Day but all days of the year.

A visual acknowledgement is important, yet educating the youth as to why we’re doing this is beneficial for generations to come. The legion implores the youth to get involved in various ways, such as organizing history clubs and having Canadian’s Veteran efforts implemented in school curriculums more. Since staying at home is recommended during the pandemic, a simple activity could be to paint or draw a poppy picture and place it in your window for your neighbours to see, similar to our ‘rainbows’ in the months of April and May.

Leading up to November 11th we honour the soldiers who fought for our freedom and salute their sacrifice beyond measure.

Donate to express gratitude towards our veterans today:

https://legion.ca/donations

https://www.mypoppy.ca/


Sources:

https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2020/10/30/2117808/0/en/The-Royal-Canadian-Legion-launches-2020-National-Poppy-Campaign.html?print=1

https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/royal-canadian-legion-s-annual-poppy-campaign-kicks-off-1.5168653


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