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The Symbolic First Poppy

October 8, 2013

Governor General to be Presented with Symbolic First Poppy
of the 2013 National Poppy Campaign

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and
Commander-in-Chief of Canada and patron of The Royal Canadian Legion, will receive the
symbolic first poppy of the 2013 National Poppy Campaign from Comrade Gordon Moore, Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion. Her Excellency Sharon Johnston will also receive a poppy from Vice-Admiral (Ret’d) Larry Murray, the organization’s Grand President. The ceremony will be held at Rideau Hall on Thursday, October 10, 2013, at 9:30 a.m.

Poppies will be available to the general public beginning Friday, October 25, 2013. Each year, approximately 18 million poppies are distributed in communities across Canada.

Officially adopted in Canada in 1921 by the Great War Veterans’ Association (the predecessor of today’s Royal Canadian Legion), poppies are recognized as the national symbol of remembrance for the 117 000 Canadian men and women who gave their lives during military service around the world.

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Members of the media wishing to cover the ceremony are asked to confirm their attendance in advance with the Rideau Hall Press Office, and should arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 9:15 a.m.

Media information:

Melanie Villeneuve
Rideau Hall Press Office

Bruce Poulin
Manager of Communications
The Royal Canadian Legion
613-591-3335, ext. 241

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