Poppy & Rememberance

District Poppy Charman - Vic Sing

To email the Chairman Vic Sing - click here d-poppy@rcldistrictd.com

Today at Queen’s Park, Members of Provincial Parliament (MPP) unanimously passed the Remembrance Week Act,2016  designating the week leading up to Remembrance Day as “Remembrance Week”. The bill was sponsored by MPP Jim Wilson (Simcoe-Grey), and co-sponsored by MPPs John Fraser (Ottawa South) and Cheri DiNovo (Parkdale-High Park).

 

Veterans and representatives from various organizations, including the Canadian Armed Forces, the Royal Canadian Legion (Ontario Command), Commissionaires Great Lakes, the Royal Canadian Military Institute, the Naval Club of Toronto, the Naval Association of Canada (Toronto branch), and Wounded Warriors were present to witness its passage.

 

Link to the video of the day and The official Bill 55 wording below the photograph https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZW2sE291tY.   

 

 

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This is the Poppy Add for 2015 in the Metroland Newspapers within the GTA on October 29th, 2015

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Presentation of 1st Poppy October 26, 2015

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, OC,OOnt

29th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Representative of Her Majesty The Queen

The 29th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell,

Ontario Command President, Brian Weaver, 1st Vice-President Sharon McKeown

District 'D' Commander, Karen Moore, Deputy District Commanders, Shelley Sing, Joyce Geddes,

Veterans: LCdr Donna Murakami, Capt. Doug Scott

District Poppy Chairman, Wayne Powell, Lorraine Drake, Chin & Brenda Tam

District D "Kicks Off" Poppy Campaign at the T.T.C. Spadina Subway 10.30 am - October 30, 2015

Top Centre Picture: District Poppy Chairman, Wayne Powell, Sunnybrook Provincial Chairman, Lorraine Drake,T.T.C. CEO, Andy Byford

 

 

 

      District D Commander, Karen Moore District Deputy Commander, Shelley Sing
 
   
District D Commander, Karen Moore
District D - PRO Chin & Brenda Tam


Belinda Wilson's presentation at the 45th Dominion Convention of the Royal Canadian Legion.

The presentation recounts the Pilgrimage of Remembrance 2013 to various battle sites and memorials in Europe.

Please click on this link to view the presentation Pilgrimage of Remembrance presentation by Belinda Wilson

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This is the Poppy Add for 2014 in the Metroland Newspapers within the GTA on October 23, 2014

This is the Poppy Add for 2013 in the Metroland Newspapers within the GTA on October 24, 2013

 

 

Click on this link to view the Legion videos

 

History of the Poppy

Why was the Poppy chosen as the symbol of remembrance for Canada's war dead? The poppy, an international symbol for those who died in war, also had international origins.

A writer first made the connection between the poppy and battlefield deaths during the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th century, remarking that fields that were barren before battle exploded with the blood-red flowers after the fighting ended. Prior to the First World War few poppies grew in Flanders. During the tremendous bombardments of that war the chalk soils became rich in lime from rubble, allowing 'popaver rhoeas' to thrive.

When the war ended the lime was quickly absorbed, and the poppy began to disappear again. Lieut-Col. John McCrae, the Canadian doctor who wrote the poem IN FLANDERS FIELDS, made the same connection 100 years later, during the First World War, and the scarlet poppy quickly became the symbol for soldiers who died in battle.

Three years later an American, Moina Michael, was working in a New York City YMCA canteen when she started wearing a poppy in memory of the millions who died on the battlefield.

During a 1920 visit to the United States a French woman, Madame Guerin, learned of the custom. On her return to France she decided to use handmade poppies to raise money for the destitute children in war-torn areas of the country. In November 1921, the first poppies were distributed in Canada.

Thanks to the millions of Canadians who wear the flowers each November, the little red plant has never died and neither have Canadian's memories for 117,000 of their countrymen who died in battle.

 

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