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
The Royal Canadian Legionís annual Poppy Campaign begins on
the last Friday in October, this year 30 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.
year, our branch sets up tables with poppies & donation
boxes at various sites within our boundaries. However, due
to risk of covid-19, this year our only table will be at the
Carlingwood Shopping Centre to distribute the iconic red
flower of Remembrance. All donations go to
Westboro Legion Poppy Trust Fund
will be used exclusively for Veterans in need.
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 from Westboro Legion, branch 480.
This year, due to Covid-19
restrictions on the size of public gatherings and other
safety protocols, we will not be able to hold our usual 11
o'clock Remembrance Day service at the Carlingwood Mall or
our ceremony at the Westboro Cenotaph, traditionally held at
2 p.m. Instead, we will conduct and tape a ceremony with a
small number of participants (no spectators) at our branch
and will share a link to the video on our website on
the last few years there has been an informal gathering of
people at the cenotaph at 11:00 who conduct their own
unscripted service. Since gatherings have been restricted to
25 people outdoors with physical distancing of 6 ft in
force, it may be preferable to watch the service on
television from the National cenotaph in downtown Ottawa.
Heavy fines up to $10,000 are possible where numbers greater
than 25 are seen. Always, Remembering can be done anywhere
you are at 11 a.m. on November 11th with the observance of 2
minutes of silence. Thank you for caring.
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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