Canadians are fiercely proud of our Veterans… and during the period leading up to Remembrance Day, millions of Canadians wear a Poppy as a symbol of national pride and respect, a visual pledge to never forget the more than 117,000 Canadians who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms. The Legion has been entrusted to uphold and maintain this symbol by the People of Canada.

The Remembrance Day Ceremony has played a major role in Remembrance for decades. Every year on November 11, millions gather to collectively stand in honour of all who have fallen in the service of their country.
                                                                                      The Act of Remembrance
                                                    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
                                                    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
                                                   At the going down of the sun and in the morning
                                                   We will remember them.
                                                   We will remember them.

Remembrance Day is an important day in the Canadian calendar and is an opportunity to give meaning to past sacrifice and acknowledge the courage of those presently serving. Each year, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we gather in memorial parks, community halls, workplaces, schools and homes to observe a moment of silence and mark the sacrifice of so many.

                                                      Take part in Remembrance ceremonies across Canada

Legion members in Branches from coast to coast to coast are proud to organize Remembrance Day Ceremonies in over 1400 communities across Canada. Through our Branches, the Legion perpetuates the traditions of Remembrance and ensures Canada ‘never forgets’. We encourage all Canadians to participate in your local Remembrance Day Ceremonies. These solemn and poignant observances remind us of the service and sacrifice of the men and women who protect our freedoms, and provide an opportunity to give thanks and honour the fallen.

                       To find the ceremony in your community, please contact your local Legion Branch 23.

The National Remembrance Day Ceremony

In addition to ceremonies across Canada, the Royal Canadian Legion also organizes and conducts the National Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

Broadcasted and covered by media nationally, the National Remembrance Day Ceremony involves Veterans of all wars and peace support operations, as well as numerous dignitaries, the Canadian Armed Forces, the RCMP, members of the Diplomatic Corps and youth representatives.

We invite you to join the tens of thousands of Canadians at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony on November 11.

                                                                      Show your support by wearing a Poppy

Every year, from the last Friday in October to Remembrance Day, Canadians are
invited to wear a Poppy as a symbol of recognition of the debt owed to those who
gave their lives for our freedom. Many also choose to place their Poppy on a
cenotaph or memorial after the ceremony on November 11.

Poppies are distributed freely to anyone who wants one. The Legion gratefully welcome donations to the Poppy Fund. Through the generosity of everyone who takes part in our Poppy Campaign, the Legion is able to serve Veterans and their families on a daily basis.

To further support our Veterans – past and present – anyone can become a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. You can also show your pride and appreciation by purchasing Poppy and commemorative items from the Poppy Store.  All proceeds support Legion programs.

Why does the Legion have a trademark on the Poppy?

On June 30, 1948, The Royal Canadian Legion was given the responsibility to safeguard the Poppy as a sacred symbol of Remembrance by the People of Canada through an Act of Parliament in which the Legion was granted trademark copyright of the Poppy symbol in Canada. This responsibility was bestowed upon the Legion to ensure that the largest Veterans organization in the country would be able to act in preserving the Poppy as a sacred symbol of the sacrifice of our Veterans.

In doing so, the Legion accepted the obligation to ensure that it would never be used for commercial or personal gain and would never be desecrated through inappropriate use. It is for this reason – ensuring respectful and appropriate use of the Poppy symbol – that the Legion requires permission for the use of the trademark Poppy, or the Poppy image as it relates to Remembrance.

What does the trademark include?

To preserve and uphold the Poppy as the symbol of Remembrance of Canada’s Veterans, the Canadian Trademark for the Poppy includes both the Legion’s Poppy logo, as well as the Poppy symbol, as it relates to Remembrance. The trademark does not apply to the use of the actual Poppy flower, unless that usage is misrepresented as the Legion’s Poppy.

How do I request use of the Poppy trademark?

The Legion welcomes and encourages Canadians to promote Remembrance and honour Canada’s Veterans through the use of the Poppy. For details on Guidelines Governing the Use of the Poppy Trademark, please see the Legion’s Poppy Manual.

To request use of the Poppy trademark, please forward your request to the Secretary of the Poppy and Remembrance Committee at Dominion Command. Requests may be made by mail, fax or email, and must include the following information:

  • Contact information for the individual or organization making the request;
  • A description of how and where the Poppy will be used or displayed (attach a draft design of image placement or size, if applicable);
  • An explanation of why the Poppy usage is requested;
  • An indication of what period of time the Poppy will be used or displayed;
  • A disclosure, if intended for use on a product, of the selling cost of the item and a projection of the expected profit to be made;
  • An indication of where the profit, if any, will be directed, whether to an organization, charity or manufacturer; and

Send requests to use the Poppy image to: