Mayor Gregor Robertson received Vancouver's first poppy last Tuesday, as part of the launch for the Royal Canadian Legion's Annual Poppy Campaign. The donations raised go to charitable programs and services in communities year-round.
"The Poppy has been recognized internationally since the end of the First World War as a sacred symbol of remembrance. It was, and continues to be, a sign of hope and new beginnings," said Mayor Robertson. "The funds raised through this year's Poppy Campaign will reach those in need – the families of ex-service personnel, the elderly or disabled who benefit from care facilities, Veterans who are supported through drop-in centres, victims of disasters, youth organizations and many more.
"The work of the Legion touches all citizens by supporting health, social, educational and heritage programs in BC and Yukon communities. On behalf of the City of Vancouver, I’d like to thank everyone at the Vancouver Poppy Fund and the Royal Canadian Legion for all that you do for our City and throughout the Province."
The BC/Yukon branch of the Royal Canadian Legion raises about $3.6 million through the annual Poppy Campaign. Legion volunteers dedicate an estimated 600,000 hours of work annually.
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