On Tuesday, Oct. 25, the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia the Honourable Judith Guichon, was presented with the first poppy of the Royal Canadian Legion BC/Yukon Command‘s 2016 Poppy Campaign.

From October 28 to November 11, thousands of Legion members from coast to coast will once again volunteer their time to distribute poppies and raise money for Veterans and their families.

“Every year, the Legion conducts the Poppy Campaign to honour those who serve, and to raise funds in support of Veterans and their families. From the last Friday in October to Remembrance Day, all Canadians can be a part of the campaign. Wear a poppy, attend a ceremony, and show your recognition for those who gave their lives for our freedom.” From the Royal Canadian Legion.

This year, you can also don a virtual poppy on your Facebook or Twitter profile, and get a cover photo to show your support.

Get a Facebook cover to show your support.
Get a Facebook cover to show your support.

Every night from October 28November 11, between 6pm and 9pm, a virtual Poppy Drop of 117,000 Poppies (one for each of Canada’s fallen), will be also be projected on to Parliament Hill.

Virtual Poppy Drop image via Royal Canadian Legion
Virtual Poppy Drop image via Royal Canadian Legion

The Poppy has been a symbol of honour and ultimate sacrifice, inspired by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae’s 1915 poem In Flanders Fields.