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Remembrance Day

Poppy Field

The Royal Canadian Legion upholds the sacred trust of ensuring the tradition of Remembrance Day, The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month; brings to mind Remembrance Day. On this day at the 11th hour we gather at the Cenotaph, we stand with our heads bowed in Remembrance.  This tradition dates back to the First World War when the guns fell silent, marking the end of military conflict and the Remembrance of those who would never return home. The National Poppy and Remembrance Campaign raise funds for veterans and their families, the new military and others who are disadvantaged.

The Poppy:

The Poppy is the international symbol of Remembrance representing a visual pledge to pay homage to the men and women who fought serving our country and paid the ultimate price for the freedoms you and I enjoy today. And that is why each person proudly wears the Poppy, letting everyone know that we will always remember.

The Poppy Campaign was created as a means to raise funds in order to perpetuate this sacred memory and provide for veterans and their families in time of need.

The Poppy Campaign commences the last Friday in October and continues to the end of the day November 11th, Remembrance Day. During this time we urgently need your support to volunteer at least a 2-hour shift canvassing at one of our locations in the Westshore community. We invite you to contact our office at 250-478-9812 to discuss the shifts and locations available and/or send an email to serviceoffrcl91@shaw.ca.

This year, your donation has never been more important. All donations are in turn redirected to support programs and services for veterans and their families. A new generation of veterans is coming home and turning to the Legion for housing, career transition, counseling and trauma relief. And with your support, we will be there to help! Wear a poppy. Give generously.

Get Involved:

Attend the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park Cenotaph in Langford.
Make a donation to help local Veterans in need.
Add your name to the annual Poppy Campaign Volunteer list.

Poppy Flowers

Every donation helps support our local veterans and their families. Every dollar given goes into the support and programs right here at home.

Poppy Campaign

Support your local legion and Canada’s veterans by volunteering.

The 2024 Poppy Campaign for the West Shore community begins on October 25 and ends on REMEMBRANCE DAY - November 10.  

Poppy Volunteers Needed

As most of you already are aware, Langford Legion Branch 91 is open and we will be back in the auditorium for our poppy off this year. Should you need assistance, our phone number, 250-478-1828, remains the same.

Volunteers are desperately needed to assist in this year’s Campaign. Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #91 Langford has at times reached and sometimes surpassed their goal objectives in previous years. Let’s reach our goal again this year! We urgently need you to help us help others. The only way we can achieve the goals we set forth is to get as much help from our community and Legion membership as possible.  You don’t have to be a Legion member to volunteer.

Most of our volunteers are the same people who help every year. Many are too old and want to volunteer, but they can’t. Through your efforts, you can help the Branch fund local initiatives and support Canada’s veterans.

Poppy Donations are used to support and improve life for veterans and their families living in the Western Communities include:

  • Providing assistance to ex-service members, widows, widowers, and their families in situations caused by unforeseen circumstances

  • Assisting in affordable housing for veterans and senior citizens

  • Purchasing and providing of medical equipment and appliances for community health facilities

  • Repairs and maintenance for wheelchairs and electric scooters

  • Providing support services to senior citizens (drop-in centres...etc.)

  • Shelter, food and living expenses

  • Awarding of bursaries for local students

  • Awarding prizes for literary and poster contests to school students

The various duties volunteers can assist with:

  • Deliver Poppy trays, when requested, to the community through schools, community organizations and local businesses.

  • Phoning committee at least a month prior to Campaign start.

  • Assist at Poppy Headquarters to distribute poppies and trays to volunteers

  • Collection and counting of money from collection boxes

  • Manning various business locations with poppy trays offering poppies for a donation to the public such as Walmart, Thrifty Foods, Canadian Tire, London Drugs, Fairways, Liquor Store, Save-on-Foods, and Costco.

  • Drive volunteers without vehicles to their designated station.

  • After campaign, pick up boxes at business establishments

  • Any other duties that may be assigned by the Poppy Chairperson 

We ask for Two-Hour Shifts.  If you could do more – that would be GREAT! The more volunteers we have the less the need for multiple shifts. Therefore, if you wish to VOLUNTEER your time, PLEASE call Nola, Phoning Committee Chair, at 250-882-0031 or the Legion Office, 250-478-1828. Your time will be greatly appreciated! 

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