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Barrhaven Legion 2016 Poppy Campaign and Remembrance Events

The Poppy has been widely recognized as a symbol of Remembrance since it was first adopted in 1921. By wearing the Poppy, we demonstrate our gratitude to those who gave their lives for the freedom we enjoy. Legion Remembrance programs commemorate the men and women who died in the military service of Canada during war and peace. The 2016 Poppy Campaign commences October 28 and ends on November 10. It is through the generosity of the community that Branch 641 is able to provide this kind of support. Legion and Cadet volunteers will be distributing poppies throughout the Campaign period at several local locations, including Walmart, Metro, Loblaws, Ross’ Independent and Sobeys. We thank you for your continued support.
It is important to remember that the basic purpose of funds raised during the Poppy Campaign is to enable Branches of the Royal Canadian Legion to provide immediate assistance to ex-servicemen and women in need. This includes providing food, shelter and medical attention for them or their families when necessary. Poppy funds also allow the Legion to “give back” to the local community in the form of bursaries and donations to local hospitals and other support programs. During the past year, Branch 641 donated just under $48,000 to such community organizations as the Perley Rideau Veterans Health Care Centre, the Homeless Veterans Program, the Barrhaven Food Cupboard, the Queensway Carleton Acute Care Centre for the Elderly, the Military Family Resource Centre, Carleton Lodge Auxiliary, and the Alberta Wildfire Relief Fund.

The Barrhaven Legion has a number of events going on in the days leading up to November 11. We will be conducting ceremonies of Remembrance at local seniors’ residences on November 5 and 10. Everyone is welcome to attend, especially if you have friends or relatives residing at one of these senior residences.

Saturday, November 5, 10 a.m. – Carleton Lodge
Saturday, November 5, 11 a.m. – Capital Memorial Gardens

 
Thursday, November 10, 9:45 a.m. – Barrhaven Manor
Thursday, November 10, 11 a.m. – Prince of Wales Manor
Thursday, November 10, 1:30 p.m. – Longfields Manor
Thursday, November 10, 2:45 p.m. – Court at Barrhaven

The Branch will be holding a Remembrance Dinner on Saturday, November 5. All are welcome to join in honouring our military, past, present and future, at this evening of Recognition and Reflection. Cost of the Roast Beef Dinner is $30 for Members and $35 for Non-members. Veterans, their spouses, including widows/widowers, and caretakers accompanying the Veterans may attend at no cost. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Branch.

Barrhaven’s annual November 11 Remembrance Day ceremony will be held at John McCrae Secondary School, 103 Malvern Dr. The parade will start sharply at 10:45 a.m. and the ceremony at 11 a.m. Military/RCMP/Police, Veterans, Legion Members, Scout/Cubs, Guides/Brownies/Sparks and other community groups are welcome to participate in the parade. Form-up begins at 10:30 a.m. Following the ceremony the Barrhaven Legion will be hosting a reception in Halls A and B of the Walter Baker Centre. Everyone is welcome. Veterans and Members of the Barrhaven Legion are welcome to join us back at the Branch at 3500 Fallowfield Road.

For more information about the Barrhaven Legion, please go to our website, www.rcl641.ca, our Facebook page “Barrhaven Legion 641” or call us at 613-843-8691. A PDF version of this document is available here.

The 2016 Poppy campaign runs from the last Friday in October to November 10th.

 

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