More to the Le­gion than you think

The Compass - - OPINION -

Once again, Re­mem­brance Day will soon be upon us. A time for Cana­di­ans of all ages to re­mem­ber the more than 100,000 fel­low cit­i­zens who fought, bled and died pro­tect­ing our free­doms along with the count­less oth­ers who have served our coun­try.

But Re­mem­brance Day should not only be re­served to re­mem­ber those who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice. It should also be a prac­ti­cal re­mem­brance of the liv­ing — the dis­abled vet­er­ans, RCMP mem­bers, wid­ows, wid­ow­ers, or­phans and fam­ily mem­bers of those who served, who are in need of a help­ing hand.

Mem­bers of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion are, as one of their core re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, the Guardians of Re­mem­brance. The Poppy Cam­paign or­ga­nized by the Le­gion, in con­junc­tion with Re­mem­brance Day, helps al­le­vi­ate suf­fer­ing and ad­dresses the needs of vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies who may not have the fi­nan­cial where­withal for ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties.

The Le­gion as­sists with pur­chas­ing med­i­cal equip­ment, award­ing bur­saries for needy students, pro­vid­ing sup­port ser­vices such as meals-on-wheels and drop-in cen­tres and help­ing with some ba­sic res­i­den­tial re­pairs to name but a few.

So much of the Le­gion’s work in our com­mu­ni­ties goes un­no­ticed. Ev­ery day this or­ga­ni­za­tion of more than 330,000 peo­ple makes sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions, not only to en­hance the lives of vet­er­ans, but also for se­niors, cadets, scouts, guides, as well as serv­ing mem­bers of the Cana­dian Forces and RCMP and their fam­i­lies.

The Le­gion re­mains fiercely proud to be Canada’s largest vet­er­ans ser­vices or­ga­ni­za­tion. Our ad­vo­cacy work on be­half of all who have served in the Cana­dian Forces and RCMP en­sures that they re­ceive life-long sup­port and recog­ni­tion for their ser­vice to this coun­try.

Thanks to their de­sire to give back, the Le­gion was cre­ated and con­tin­ues to this day to sup­port our com­mu­ni­ties in count­less ways. The Royal Cana­dian Le­gion’s Poppy Cam­paign pro­vides ev­ery­one with the op­por­tu­nity for prac­ti­cal re­mem­brance and it is hoped that this year, with the re­cent con­flicts in Afghanistan and Libya, as with our ag­ing Sec­ond World War and Korean Vet­er­ans, more Cana­di­ans will wear the Poppy than ever be­fore.

There’s more to the Le­gion than you might think.

Gor­don Moore is the do­min­ion pres­i­dent of The Royal Cana­dian Le­gion. He

writes from Ot­tawa

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