The Poppy Campaign is designed to remember our fallen comrades and to raise awareness of The Royal Canadian Legion’s commitment in our community. The Campaign complies with an Act of Parliament in 1931 that declares Remembrance Day shall remain and be reverently observed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of each year by our successors and us.
Prior to November 11th, The Legion members distribute Poppies and Wreaths throughout the community to various groups, including business places, schools, Boy Scouts and the three Cadet leagues. The funds from these sales are collected and deposited in a special Poppy Trust fund. The funds are distributed back to the community through such things as assistance to needy ex-service men and their families, the purchase of medical equipment, medical research and training, support services for seniors, and many other community non-profit organizations.
Phone: (306) 47-POPPY (477-6779) October to December
Remembrance Day Service
For the past few years the Saskatoon community has observed this ceremony at Credit Union Center. The attendance has been great, with crowds up to 9000 people. This can be credited mainly to the seating and parking capabilities and the indoor service that takes place in this excellent facility.
The assembly of the parade participants on the parade area is very interesting to observe. The march on procedure with full military uniforms of the three services, the City Police and RCMP, the Elks, the K of C, the Cadet leagues, the Boy Scouts, the Old Guard, the Color Party, along with the Lion’s and the North Saskatchewan Regiment Pipes and Drums bands, set the stage for the memorial service in front of the cenotaph.
If you come out early, you can enjoy choral music beginning at 10:00 am. Join the many people there for the sole purpose of remembering and honoring the people that died in WW1, WW2, Korea, the Merchant Navy and in peace keeping roles for Canada.
Dispersed through the crowd will be the veterans who will be recognized during the service. If one is with you or sitting close to you, take the time to thank him. If you look closely at his face, you will more than likely see pride, dignity and sorrow, because he will be thinking of his buddies that never came back. November 11th is a very moving and important day for veterans that served over there and came back. All veterans, and families that lost a member due to war, appreciate and recognize your attendance as a sign that you sincerely care.
The Nutana Branch gratefully acknowledges the contribution made by our citizens of Saskatoon and District who are involved in the organization of these excellent Remembrance Day programs. We sincerely thank you.
History of the Poppy
The adoption of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance in Canada and the Commonwealth was largely inspired by a poem written by Canadian Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae in May 1915. Like the poppy, McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields has since become a tribute to all soldiers who’ve died in battle.
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
– John McCrae –
The Lapel Poppy
The red lapel Poppies worn in Canada were first produced in 1922 by disabled veterans, with sponsorship from the Department of Soldiers Civil Re-establishment. Up until 1996, the Poppies were made in workshops run by Veterans Affairs Canada in Montreal and Toronto. Today, the Royal Canadian Legion manages the production of Poppies. While production itself is contracted out to a private company, the Legion remains in charge of all related operations.
Lest We Forget
This Remembrance Day, let us stand together united as Canadians sharing a common history, remembering those we’ve lost.
To get involved with the Remembrance Day Poppy Fund and to learn about existing volunteer opportunities, please contact Nutana Legion