Remembrance Day will soon be here and people all over Canada will be remembering and honouring those who stood for Canada and freedom, sacrificing their lives for the future of our country. In a special ceremony on Saturday, October 21, 2017, Calgarians will be able to witness the pinning of the first poppy in remembrance.
“The pinning of the First Poppy is an important tradition for veterans and the Legion” said Tammy Wheeler, the Executive Director of the Alberta-NWT Command. “It is a symbolic gesture to present the First Poppy to the Sovereign and serves to commemorate what so many sacrificed in conflicts and our duty to support those who continue to uphold our values and freedoms when our country calls on them.”
The Royal Canadian Legion (Alberta-NWT Command) is pleased to announce that the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, will receive the 2017 First Poppy at a ceremony at The Military Museums on October 21, 2017.
This is the first year where the First Poppy ceremony will be held in Calgary. Winners of the Legion’s Youth Literary and Poster Challenge and their families have been invited to participate in the event. This symbolic event is a memorable and significant experience for the young people who have participated in the Youth Literary and Poster Challenge.
Chris Strong, Command President of Alberta-NWT said, “Ensuring that Canada’s young people understand the contributions of veterans to the lives we enjoy and the society we can be proud of is a core function of the Legion’s work. Having our junior, intermediate and senior literary and poster winners join us for the pinning of this year’s First Poppy highlights our connection to Alberta’s youth to ensure they not only remember but also to understand that we all share a responsibility to make a positive contribution to our province and our country.”
All Calgarians, and especially young people and their families, are invited by the Legion to join this year’s First Poppy ceremony.
First Poppy Ceremony:
When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 11:00 am
Where: The Military Museums of Calgary
Address: 4520 Crowchild Trail SW, Calgary, AB
Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.