OTTAWA, Oct. 22, 2015 /CNW/ - Tom Eagles, Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion, presented His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, and Patron of The Royal Canadian Legion, with the symbolic First Poppy today at Rideau Hall.
Her Excellency Sharon Johnston was then presented a Poppy by Larry Murray, Grand President of The Royal Canadian Legion. This event will set the stage for the Poppy Campaign to get under way officially a week later on Friday, October 30th. The Legion's Poppy Campaign always kicks off the last Friday of October when the Poppy blossoms on the lapels and collars of millions of Canadians.
"The Poppy reminds us of past sacrifices and the continuing needs of our disabled Veterans, RCMP members, widows, widowers, orphans and family members of those who served," says Mr. Eagles.
Since 1921, the Poppy has stood as the Symbol of Remembrance, a visual pledge to never forget those Canadians who have fallen in war and military support operations. The Poppy also stands internationally as a "symbol of collective reminiscence", as other countries have also adopted its image to honour those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
"By wearing the Poppy, Their Excellencies will help us remember Canada's Veterans' both past and present who, at the call of their country, left all that was dear to them, faced danger and, through their self-sacrifice, gave up their lives so that others may live in freedom," adds Mr. Eagles.
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SOURCE The Royal Canadian Legion Dominion Command
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