Did you know?
As a sign of respect, some
place their poppies at the base of the cenotaph
at the end of the Remembrance Day ceremony.
You should wear your poppy
close to your heart:
The poppy was first adopted
as a symbol of Remembrance in 1921.
The poppy is Ö
symbol of our collective reminiscence.
pledge to always remember those who fell
small but mighty symbol of our gratitude.
promise to never forget those who sacrificed
Wearing lapel poppies to express our
gratitude to those who sacrificed so much for their country is
an enduring Canadian tradition.
The Royal Canadian
Legionís annual Poppy Campaign begins on the last Friday in
October and continues to the 10th day of November. Itís our
major fundraiser, and all donations made help us ensure that
veterans in need will not be abandoned.
Each year, two or more branches in our area pool our efforts, setting up tables with donation
boxes at various sites within each of our boundaries to
distribute the iconic red flower of Remembrance. All
donations go to the Ottawa Poppy Trust Fund.
Like to offer individual commemoration to
the memory of your fallen with a wreath?
Call us at
613-725-3475 (mornings) or 613-725-2778 (afternoons).
Interested in having a poppy tray at your
place of business? Check the
RCL 480 boundaries below and contact
us if youíre within them.
Your poppy donations make a difference
Poppy funds are held in trust in a bank
account separate from the branch general funds and cannot be
used for any purpose other than those stipulated. These uses
include but are not limited to:
veterans and their families with the such necessities of
life as food and shelter;
comforts to veterans and their widows/widowers when they
are hospitalized, in long-term care facilities, and in
up educational bursaries for veteransí children and/or
medical research and training;
Legion service bureau offices that help veterans deal
with various bureaucracies.
Whether or not they are Legion members,
all ex-servicemen and women and/or their dependents are
eligible to apply for financial aid.
Thanks to our hard-working volunteers and the generous
donors in our area, our Branch raised $60,029.85.
Together with Strathcona Branch, our partner in the Ottawa
Poppy Fund, the total amount raised was $106.678.69.
This has enabled us to make donations in 2016 which
Ottawa Service Bureau to assist local veterans
$ 6,000 student
$ 5,000 Operation
ďLeave the Streets BehindĒ for homeless and near
$ 3,000 for
comfort items for local veterans in nursing homes
$ 2,840 Christmas
gifts for local veterans in nursing homes
$ 2,000 Fort
McMurray fire relief fund
$ 2,000 Royal
Commonwealth Ex-Servicemenís League for needy veterans
in the Caribbean
$ 1,000 Meals On
$ 1,000 Ottawa
Military Family Resource Centre to support programs
addition to our main service in the afternoon of Remembrance
Day the branch holds an indoor service at 11:00 at the
Carlingwood Mall. For the last few years there has also been
a gathering of people at the cenotaph at 11:00 who conduct
their own unscripted service.
Prior to Remembrance Day the branch also conducts a number
of services in local manors for shut-ins.Branch
Boundary: The Ottawa River from Oakley St. on the
west to Island Park Drive on the east.
Boundary: Island Park Drive [west side] from the
Ottawa River south to Merivale Road, along Merivale Road
[west side] to Baseline Road.
Boundary: Baseline Road [north side] from
Morrison Drive to Merivale Road and all businesses fronting
the south side of Baseline Road from Merivale Road to Fisher
Boundary: The former Ottawa/Nepean boundary from
the Ottawa River to Baseline Road.
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