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Ontario's First Poppy presented at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre

October 22, 2019

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Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Today, Sunnybrook veterans and staff, together with a group of schoolchildren, joined the Royal Canadian Legion Ontario Command as they presented the province’s first poppy to the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

The event was a ceremonial launch of the province’s 2019 Poppy Campaign, which officially starts on October 25th and runs through to Remembrance Day.

Legion Provincial President Garry Pond presented the first Poppy to the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell. Sunnybrook President & CEO Dr. Andy Smith, Veterans Centre Operations Director Sylvia Brachvogel, and Sunnybrook veteran Richard Ratcliffe were also participants in the ceremony, as were a Grade 5/6 Choir from Northlea Elementary and Middle School.

Legion Remembrance programs commemorate the men and women who died in the military service of Canada during war and peace. Maintaining the tradition of Remembrance is a sacred trust and the Legion's most important role.

The Poppy has been widely recognized as a symbol of Remembrance, since it was first adopted in 1921. By wearing the poppy, we demonstrate our gratitude to those who gave their lives for the freedom we enjoy.

Learn more about the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre »