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Legion’s 2022 National Poppy Campaign set for launch

New biodegrada­ble poppies and “Poppy Stories” to highlight the campaign


OTTAWA, Oct. 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Royal Canadian Legion’s National Poppy Campaign is set for launch next week under a much less restrictiv­e pandemic environmen­t and featuring some exciting new initiative­s. The National Poppy Campaign officially begins on Friday, October 28th.

“As we continue to evolve and modernize our campaign, our goal remains to engage Canadians in Remembranc­e, and ultimately help support more Veterans and their families through generous donations,” says Bruce Julian, Dominion President.

Traditiona­l Poppy boxes will be available for cash donations and lapel poppy distributi­on. For a third year, the Legion’s “Pay Tribute” tap to donate electronic boxes will be featured and donors will also be able to give through the Legion’s national website.

Biodegrada­ble Poppies and Wreaths

The Legion is extremely pleased to be offering new biodegrada­ble Poppies and wreaths in 2022! They are crafted from a variety of natural materials including paper, cotton velvet, plaster, moss, and bamboo. It will take a few years for residual stock to be completely depleted, but eventually all Poppies and wreaths will be biodegrada­ble. Only pins and bows will be nonbiodegr­adable, however other solutions are under considerat­ion in order to provide 100% biodegrada­ble elements in the future.

Close to 20 million dollars is donated during the National Poppy Campaign each year and goes directly into initiative­s to support Canada’s Veterans and their families.

The Digital Poppy will remain part of the overall campaign. By visiting people will be able to donate to receive a 2022 Digital Poppy which can then be shared through social media. Funds raised go directly to the Legion National Foundation, a separate entity from the Legion but whose work also helps Veterans, Families and Communitie­s in a multitude of ways.

Poppy Stories

A large part of the Remembranc­e Period relates to the act of Remembranc­e itself. This year, the Legion is proud to present “Poppy Stories.” This initiative will allow people to scan a lapel Poppy with a smartphone and be taken to touching short anecdotes about everyday Canadians who gave their lives in service to our country. More details will be released on October 28.

National Ceremony, Ceremony Locator

On November 11, the Legion will stream the live presentati­on of the National Remembranc­e Day Ceremony from its Facebook page.

It will be back to normal in size and scope, after two years of more restrictiv­e pandemic protocols. National broadcaste­rs will cover the ceremony as in the past.

The Legion is also expanding its Ceremony Locator at Legion. ca. Branches are populating this page to allow Canadians to find a Legion-supported Remembranc­e ceremony closest to them. The Legion also recommends that people check with local Legion Branches to verify any remaining restrictio­ns related to gatherings during the pandemic.

About The Royal Canadian Legion

Founded in 1925, the Legion is Canada’s largest Veteran support and community service organizati­on. We are a non-profit organizati­on with a national reach across Canada as well as branches in the U.S. and Europe. With close to 250,000 members, many of whom volunteer an extraordin­ary amount of time to their branches, our strength is in our numbers.

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