Governor General to be Presented with First Poppy of the 2019 National Poppy Campaign

October 10, 2019

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will receive the symbolic first poppy of the 2019 National Poppy Campaign from Thomas Irvine, Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion. The ceremony will be held at Rideau Hall on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at 9 a.m.

Poppies will be available to the general public beginning October 25, 2019. Each year, over 20 million poppies are distributed in communities across Canada.

About the National Poppy Campaign
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. The funds raised each year during the National Poppy Campaign go back into programs and services for veterans and their families. For more information, visit

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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 8:45 a.m.

Media information:

Charles Anido
Rideau Hall Press Office                                                                      
343-548-1784 (cell)

Nujma Bond
The Royal Canadian Legion Dominion Command
613-591-3335, ext. 241
343-540-7604 (cell)

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