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Poppy Campaign

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

  • A symbol of our collective reminiscence.
  • A pledge to always remember those who fell serving us.
  • A small but mighty symbol of our gratitude.
  • A promise to never forget those who sacrificed so much.

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).

Or email

Poppy trays

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:

  • Assisting veterans and their families with the such necessities of life as food and shelter;
  • Providing comforts to veterans and their widows/widowers when they are hospitalized, in long-term care facilities, and in nursing homes;
  • Setting up educational bursaries for veteransí children and/or grandchildren;
  • Funding medical research and training;
  • Operating 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.

2015 Poppy Campaign

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 included:

  • $35,000 Legionís Ottawa Service Bureau to assist local veterans

  • $ 6,000 student bursaries

  • $ 5,000 Operation ďLeave the Streets BehindĒ for homeless and near homeless veterans

  • $ 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 Wheels

  • $ 1,000 Ottawa Military Family Resource Centre to support programs

In 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 Boundaries

Northern Boundary: The Ottawa River from Oakley St. on the west to Island Park Drive on the east.

Eastern Boundary: Island Park Drive [west side] from the Ottawa River south to Merivale Road, along Merivale Road [west side] to Baseline Road.

Southern 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 Ave.

Western Boundary: The former Ottawa/Nepean boundary from the Ottawa River to Baseline Road.

Click here to see all of the branch boundaries for Zone G-5.