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Legion_Logo_AboutThe Royal Canadian Legion - Canada's Largest Veterans Organization

There are many veterans' organizations in Canada but the largest by far is The Royal Canadian Legion with more than over 400,000 members and affiliates. They are contained within the following membership categories:

Ordinary (serving and retired military, RCMP personnel, provincial and municipal police);
Associate (direct relative of an ordinary member); and
Affiliates (voting and non-voting friends of the Legion).

In addition, there are approximately 58,000 registered members of the Ladies Auxiliary who provide invaluable support to the Branches of the Legion and their fundraising activities. Serving members of the Canadian Forces may join under the Military Member-At-Large program and may not need to join a specific branch.

The Legion is a non-profit, dues-supported, fraternal organization with more than 1,600 branches in Canada, 21 in the United States and 4 in Germany. The Legion receives no financial assistance from any outside agency and membership is open to all Canadian veterans as well as serving and former members of the Canadian Forces, RCMP, The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, other police forces and their dependants, and Canadians who subscribe to the purposes and objects of the organization.

From the time of its formation in 1925-1926, the Legion has focussed its efforts on the fight to secure adequate pensions and other well-earned benefits for veterans and their dependants. Acting as an advocacy agency on pensioners' behalf, the Legion deals directly with the Federal Government to ensure ex-military personnel and their dependants are treated fairly.

The Royal Canadian Legion has assumed a major responsibility for perpetuating the tradition of Remembrance in Canada. Each year the Legion organizes and runs the National Poppy-Remembrance Campaign to remind Canadians of the tremendous debt we owe to the more than 117,000 men and women who gave their lives in the defence of Canada during two world wars the Korean War and other missions around the world. Contributions made during the campaign are used to assist needy veterans, ex-service members and their families.

The Legion also supports programs for seniors, particularly through direct community-level activities, and housing projects. The Legion's Youth program provides scholarships and bursaries, sports programs and support to activities such as cadets, scouts and guides.


Royal Canadian Legion Canada Wide News

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  • The Daily Courier

    Legion sets new record for annual poppy drive
    The Daily Courier
    Two volunteers at the Kelowna branch of the Royal Canadian Legion's poppy office, Isabel Glover, left, and Joy Wallace, hold a cheque illustrating the record-setting donation total of this year's poppy campaign. An appreciation lunch for volunteers was ...

  • Manitoulin Expositor

    Royal Canadian Legion hosts Remembrance Day ceremonies in Gore Bay
    Manitoulin Expositor
    GORE BAY—It was a beautiful sight as piper Dave Beaton led veterans, members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 514 and other service groups and organizations assembled in the parade through the downtown streets of Gore Bay to the cenotaph, with ...

  • Kincardine News

    Crowds brave the cold to observe Kincardine Remembrance Day 2017
    Kincardine News
    The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 183 saw hundreds of people out to support the Remembrance Day service in sub-zero temperatures on Nov. 11, 2017. Veterans, community members and businesses laid wreaths to honour the fallen and recognize the ...

  • CBC.ca

    Legion commandeers Wounded Warriors Canada fundraising campaign over use of poppy
    A popular fundraising partnership between Telus and Wounded Warriors Canada was commandeered by the Royal Canadian Legion this week because it included an image of a poppy, which the legion claims as a trademark symbol. The online fundraiser ...
    White poppies: Why a symbol of peace have never really caught on in CanadaNational Post
    Nanton Legion members team up with students to place poppies at cemeteryNanton News
    Can you guess the number of poppies Barrie's legion will hand out this year?Simcoe.com
    Yahoo News Canada (blog) -MetroNews Canada -Manitoba Co-operator
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  • Globalnews.ca

    Veterans say Canadian Legion no longer represents them enough ...
    A section of an open letter written to members of the Canadian Legion, to take steps to improve the way it treats veterans.

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  • Canada NewsWire (press release)

    The Royal Canadian Legion names National Silver Cross Mother 2017
    Canada NewsWire (press release)
    OTTAWA, Nov. 1, 2017 /CNW/ - The Royal Canadian Legion's Dominion President David Flannigan is honoured to introduce Mrs. Diana Abel as the National Silver Cross Mother for 2017. Mrs. Abel's only son, Corporal Michael David Abel, died on May 3, ...

  • Calgary Sun

    Royal Canadian Legion says thefts too few to justify secure poppy boxes
    Calgary Sun
    Theft-proof Poppy Fund boxes developed by a Cochrane man won't be endorsed by the Royal Canadian Legion's national command because they're not needed, a spokeswoman for the group said Tuesday. Due to the rarity of thefts of the boxes from retail ...
    Royal Canadian Legion launches 2017 Poppy CampaignManitoulin Expositor
    The dos and don'ts of poppy etiquetteCP24 Toronto's Breaking News
    Poppy campaign well underway on the NorthsideCape Breton Post
    Toronto Star -www.insideottawavalley.com/ -Niagarathisweek.com
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  • CTV News

    Nova Scotia Legion branch 'hurt' by Dollarama's rejection of poppy ...
    CTV News
    Volunteers of a Royal Canadian Legion branch in Elmsdale, N.S., say they are hurt and disappointed by the way a local Dollarama rejected the non-profit's ...

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  • The Gulf News

    Royal Canadian Legion launches Poppy Campaign
    The Gulf News
    The Royal Canadian Legion led the raising of the Poppy Flag of Remembrance Friday afternoon at the Confederation Building in St. John's. The raising of the flag marks the official launch of the 2017 Poppy Campaign, which runs from Oct. 27 to Nov. 11.

  • News Talk 650 CKOM

    Royal Canadian Legion launches Remembrance Day poppy sales
    News Talk 650 CKOM
    With Remembrance Day just over two weeks away, the Royal Canadian Legion started its poppy sales campaign in Saskatchewan Friday morning. Donation boxes have been set up in businesses across the province to kick off the Legion's largest annual ...
    Royal Canadian Legion's poppy campaign kicks off FridayCityNews
    Royal Canadian Legion kicks off its West Shore poppy campaignGoldstream News Gazette
    Poppy campaign begins todayNiagara Advance

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