Legion Debrief

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Your Legion Thanks You

Remembrance season is almost upon us. While this year’s Poppy Campaign and Remembrance Day might not look like any other, we are grateful for the commitment and support of all our members in helping us adapt during this challenging time.

Thanks to your support, we look forward to bringing a meaningful period of remembrance to all Canadians during these unusual times.

Veterans gather for first Buddy Check Coffee in Angus

Over 40 Veterans attended a socially distanced gathering at the beautiful Peacekeepers Park in Angus, ON for District E Ontario Command’s first Buddy Check Coffee. Three Silver Cross Mothers and the Honorary Colonel of the Military Police Academy, whose sons paid the ultimate sacrifice for our Country, also joined the Veterans at the event.

Buddy Check Coffee is a Veteran-run Legion program offering comradeship in a relaxed environment, allowing for networking and sharing of experiences and stories.

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An update on Branch funding

For the past several months, Legion Dominion President Thomas Irvine, CD, has been advocating to the Prime Minister and Members of Parliament to guarantee funding to Legion Branches to allow us to do our essential work in this unprecedented time. Most recently, this has included an op-ed article, featured in The Guardian, and a national letter to all Members of Parliament.

Despite these efforts, the Government of Canada has yet to follow through with its promise for funding. To that end, the Legion is launching a letter-writing campaign for Branches to MPs. It is our hope that this final push will influence change and get Branches the funding they need.

Updates on Legion Poppy Campaign

2020 has been a year of endless changes, but the Legion’s commitment to supporting Canada’s Veterans is stronger than ever. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Legion Branches across Canada are finding new and innovative ways to commemorate the Remembrance season.

While in-person Poppy tagging and commemorative ceremonies will have to adapt to the new reality, Legionnaires will continue to promote and share the tradition of Remembrance.

To help ensure Poppies are available across the country, Legion Headquarters has partnered with national retailers and service providers to help distribute the iconic symbol of Remembrance. Between October 30 and November 11, look for Poppies at these locations.

Volunteers are still needed for these and other services the Legion offers. Reach out to your local Branch to see how you can help! And encourage a family member or friend to join the Legion.

Preparing for a more intimate Remembrance Day

The National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa, coordinated by The Royal Canadian Legion, will continue although modified to meet local health guidelines. This year’s ceremony will include a maximum of 100 participants with several anticipated changes to keep the ceremony small, heartfelt and safe.

Spectators are encouraged to watch the ceremony from home.

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A new offering from Operation VetBuild

Operation VetBuild, the Legion’s scale-model building program, has recently expanded to include tabletop wargaming. These games are played with miniature models of soldiers, artillery and vehicles on a model battlefield and provide Veterans with a sense of familiarity and structure while having fun with their peers.

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