The Legion wants every Canadian to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and to honour those who served and continue to serve today. Promoting Remembrance is a core purpose of the Royal Canadian Legion and has been one of its primary objectives since inception in 1926.
Remembrance is promoted through various programs, services and resources from coast to coast, in Canada. National programs include:
Selection of the Silver Cross Mother. The Legion selects a National Silver Cross Mother each year to place a wreath at the national Remembrance Day ceremony on behalf of all mothers who have lost children in the military service of their nation. For 2016-17, Mrs Colleen Fitzpatrick, was announced as the National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother. She lost her son, Corporal Darren Fitzpatrick, when he stepped on an improvised explosive device while on patrol in the Zahari district, near Kandahar City on March 6th, 2010.
Pilgrimages. The Legion conducts a Pilgrimage of Remembrance to Europe every two years. The Pilgrimage provides the opportunity for participants to gain a unique perspective and understanding of the sacrifices of our Veterans and those who were liberated by them.
The Legion honours Canadian Veterans through the Virtual Wall of Honour and Remembrance, a visual montage of Veterans displayed at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa. Readers may explore the Wall of Honour at: www.legion.ca
Legion Branches across the country bring these programs closer to home by organizing events and activities at the community level. The R.C.L. Branch 374 St. Joseph Island proudly kicked-off the Poppy Campaign on October 28th at the Legion Lounge in Richards Landing and pinned a poppy on municipal and senior government representatives.
Contrary to common belief, Legionnaires do not “sell” poppies but encourage all Canadians to wear a poppy as a token gesture of remembrance and to make a donation to the Poppy Trust Fund. Funds raised thru the Poppy Campaign are held in trust and their use is strictly controlled. Poppy Trust Funds assist Veterans who are in need of financial assistance and may be authorized for special use expenditures on a case by case basis. Such assistance could include the provision of housing accommodation or care facilities, medical training and research, drop-in centers and meals on wheels, accessibility modifications and other quality of life needs such as wheelchairs, prosthetics or for the transition programs for Veterans related to their training, education and support needs.
Legion Branches participate with local community groups and municipalities to maintain community cenotaphs. Legion Branches also encourage young Canadians to focus on Remembrance by promoting and supporting Poster and Literary contests and by distributing a Nationally prepared Teacher’s Guide to all local schools.
As a symbol of honoring and remembering the sacrifices of our Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP, peacekeepers as well as their families and communities, there will be a wreath laying ceremony on November 11th, 2016 at 10am at the Echo Bay, Port Findlay, Hilton Beach and Richards Landing cenotaphs.
On November 11th, at 10:45am, at the James Harten MM Community Center in Richards Landing, RCL Branch 374 will host a Remembrance Day Ceremony to collectively stand to give meaning to past sacrifices and acknowledge the courage of those presently serving.
Each year, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month we gather to observe a moment of silence and mark the sacrifice of so many.