OTTAWA, Oct. 17, 2016 /CNW/ - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada and patron of The Royal Canadian Legion, will receive the symbolic first poppy of the 2016 National Poppy Campaign from David Flannigan, Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion. The ceremony will be held at Rideau Hall on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at 10 a.m.
Poppies will be available to the general public beginning October 28, 2016. Each year, approximately 18 million poppies are distributed in communities across Canada.
About the National Poppy Campaign
Officially adopted in Canada in 1921 by the Great War Veterans' Association (the predecessor of today's Royal Canadian Legion), poppies are recognized as the national symbol of remembrance for the 117 000 Canadian men and women who gave their lives during military service around the world. For more information, visit www.legion.ca.
Members of the media wishing to cover the ceremony are asked to confirm their attendance in advance with the Rideau Hall Press Office, and should arrive at the
Princess Anne Entrance no later than 9:45 a.m.
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SOURCE Governor General of Canada
For further information: Media information: Marie-Pierre Bélanger, Rideau Hall Press Office, 613-998 9166, [email protected] ; Bruce Poulin, The Royal Canadian Legion, 613-591-3335, ext. 241, [email protected]