The Royal Canadian Legion’s annual poppy campaign blooms today.
“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,” said Royal Canadian Legion dominion president Tom Eagles.
Legion branches across Mississauga and beyond are working to deliver boxes to businesses such as banks and retail outlets where poppies will be exchanged for donations.
Since 1921, the poppy has stood as the symbol of remembrance, a visual pledge to never forget the 117,000 Canadians who have fallen in war and military support operations to protect the freedoms that we enjoy today.
More than $16.5 million was used from the 2014 campaign to assist the veterans’ community across Canada.
Funds go to housing accommodation or care facilities, medical training and research, drop-in centres and meals on wheels, accessibility modifications, and other quality of life needs such as wheelchairs, prosthetics and transition programs for veterans related to their training, education and support needs.
The poppy also stands internationally as a “symbol of collective reminiscence,” as other countries have now adopted its image to honour those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Remembrance Day is Wednesday, Nov. 11.