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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 to local schools, support of army and navy cadet corps, donations to local hospitals and other vital support programs. During the past year, Branch 641 donated funds to community organizations including the Ottawa Heart institute, Rideau Perley Veterans Health Centre, Queensway Carleton Hospital, three (Army, Navy and Air) Cadet Corps, Military Family Resource Centre, Operation: Leave the Streets Behind, Bursaries to local students as well as providing monetary prizes for poster and literary contests for youth attending local schools.

The 2020 Poppy Campaign commences October 30 and ends on November 10. It is through the generosity of the community that Branch 641 is able to provide this kind of support.

How You Can Support the Barrhaven Legion During the 2020 Poppy Campaign and Remembrance Ceremony

Due to COVID-19, Barrhaven Legion members will not be distributing poppies in person at stores in the community as we have in past years. However, poppy boxes will be available at stores and businesses in Barrhaven, including nine stores using the Legion’s new electronic “Pay Tribute” boxes: both LCBO stores, The Beer Store, Costco, Loblaws, Ross' Independent, Metro, Food Basics and FreshCo.

Remembrance Ceremony

If you would like to purchase a wreath to be placed at the Remembrance Ceremony on November 11, please contact Stephane Guy by November 1 at rcl641president@hotmail.com. Please refer to our website for updated information on the new venue and format for this year’s ceremony.

We will have a reduced Remembrance Ceremony this year, to be held at a new location, Capital Funeral Home and Cemetery, 3700 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa K2C 3H1, beginning at 11 a.m. Missing this year will be the parade of military, cadets, scouts and other local groups. Instead, the Barrhaven Legion will host a Colour Party at the ceremony site called “Veterans’ Wall,” which we plan to live stream on our Facebook page and our website. Attendance at the ceremony will be extended to members of the Barrhaven Legion Executive Committee. As we are limited to a maximum of 25 people at the ceremony, other Legionnaires and members of the public are encouraged to watch the live feed of the ceremony. More information on how to access this will be announced shortly. Wreaths will be pre-positioned at the memorial monument (instead of each wreath being placed at the memorial) and individuals and businesses that purchase wreaths will be announced at the ceremony and through various media. 

Have questions? Want to find out how you can help? Contact Comrade Ed Schelenz, Poppy Chair at edschelenz@rogers.com or 613-843-1088.

Comrade Ed Schelenz
Poppy Chair

** Supporting the Poppy Campaign means supporting Veterans in need
and Veteran and local community programs. **

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