Launch of the National Poppy Campaign
OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada and patron of The Royal Canadian Legion, received the symbolic first poppy of the 2016 National Poppy Campaign from David Flannigan, Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion. The ceremony was held at Rideau Hall on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at 10 a.m.
Poppies are available to the general public since October 28, 2016. Each year, approximately 18 million poppies are distributed in communities across Canada.
About the National Poppy Campaign
Officially adopted in Canada in 1921 by the Great War Veterans’ Association (the predecessor of today’s Royal Canadian Legion), poppies are recognized as the national symbol of remembrance for the 117 000 Canadian men and women who gave their lives during military service around the world. For more information, visit www.legion.ca.