The Royal Canadian Legion’s president David Flannigan presented the symbolic First Poppy to Her Excellency the Right Honorable Julie Payette, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, at Rideau Hall in Ottawa today.
As Patron of The Royal Canadian Legion, Ms. Payette graciously accepted the bright red poppy as a prelude to the 2017 National Poppy Campaign which gets underway each year on the last Friday of the month; this year on October 27th.
“We are honored to welcome Her Excellency as our new Patron,” says David Flannigan, Dominion President. “We will be guided by her words and her example – to reach for the stars and set our sights high in all that we do. When it comes to serving our nation’s Veterans and their families, we will continue to work together to achieve great things,” he says.
The poppy is a meaningful symbol of remembrance, and wearing it demonstrates a mutual and personal understanding of the deep gratitude we have for our Veterans. The beautiful flower pays tribute to all who have fallen, including military and RCMP Veterans.
Funds raised during the National Poppy Campaign go back into communities across Canada to help support Veterans and their families.