OTTAWA, ON, 15 October 2019 – Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, received the symbolic First Poppy from The Royal Canadian Legion’s Dominion President, Thomas D. Irvine, CD, in Ottawa today. As Viceregal Patron of The Royal Canadian Legion, Ms. Payette accepted the red poppy and pinned additional poppies to the lapels of Veterans in attendance. The Legion’s 2019 National Poppy Campaign begins each year on the last Friday in October.
“We salute our nation’s Governor General who leads the way each year by accepting the First Poppy so that millions may follow her example,” says Irvine. “With the red poppy this year, we also mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day which eventually led to the end of the war in Europe.”
During the presentation at Rideau Hall, the 2019 digital poppy was unveiled, the second year for this virtual option. People who donate online will receive a digital poppy that can include the name of a Veteran being honoured, and can be shared on social media. People are invited to visit mypoppy.ca starting on October 25. This year, the online initiative is supported by HomeEquity Bank. Canadians living abroad and donors around the world can also take part in the 2019 campaign.
As the national symbol of Remembrance, the red poppy reflects the ongoing gratitude we have for our Fallen Veterans, including military and RCMP Veterans.
Funds raised during the National Poppy Campaign are distributed across Canada to help support Veterans and their families, communities, and to promote Remembrance.