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2014 National Poppy Campaign

October 17, 2014 

Governor General to be Presented with
Symbolic First Poppy of the 2014 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 2014 National Poppy Campaign from Comrade Tom Eagles, Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion. The ceremony will be held at Rideau Hall on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at
3 p.m.

Poppies will be available to the general public beginning Friday, October 31, 2014. 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 2:45 p.m.

Media information:

Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office

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

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