L3 WESCAM’s Support our Troops Committee recognizes the importance of the Poppy Fund for Royal Canadian Legion Branch 60. The period leading up to Remembrance Day provides the opportunity to embrace a visual reminder, the poppy, as a symbol of the dedication and remembrance. A message close to our hearts here at L3 WESCAM – a proud employer of Canadian Armed Forces Veterans. This year, L3 WESCAM donated $4,000 in support of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 60.
Long after the poppy has fallen from your lapel, the Poppy Fund plays a crucial role in helping to feed, clothe and shelter Veterans, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP and their families.
Poppy Fund donations are earmarked for some of the most vital work in our communities, including grants for heating costs, food, medication, medical appliances/equipment, essential home repairs, housing and emergency shelter. Veterans visits, transportation, accessibility modifications, educational bursaries and disaster relief are also supported by the Poppy Fund. See the full list of where Poppy Funds are distributed here. Donations are accepted year round, click here to find out how and where to donate.
Legion branches like Branch 60, are gathering places in communities and towns across Canada. In fact, for many towns, the Legion is the only community centre, keeping residents connected and vibrant where they otherwise would not have a meeting place. This democratic, non-profit organization has a national reach across Canada as well as branches in the United States, Mexico and Europe. In fact, there are over 1,400 branches – to find your local branch click here.
Outreach at the community level sees Legionnaires volunteering to support homeless Veterans, honouring the Fallen and teaching youth about the importance of Remembrance, ensuring ill and injured Veterans get care and so much more. The need is great, and the Legion relies on the strength of membership to support our communities. There are many ways to make a difference, from creating adventure groups to organizing trips to France to learn about the First World War.
The Legion is also a tremendous supporter of Canadian youth, with its national youth athletics program. This program provides the next generation with the opportunity to hone their athletic skills but also learn leadership and teamwork, while being introduced to many cultures across the country. Internationally recognized, the Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships has grown over the past 40 years, and many participants have gone onto International and Olympic success.
You don’t have to be a Veteran to join over 260,000 members, many of whom donate their time and skills to provide essential services within their community. From the Poppy Fund to seniors’ support services to housing and care for the elderly, drop-in centres, youth programs and so much more, there are so many ways to give back. It’s #OurDuty.
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