What We Do
Honoring the sacred sentiment of Remembrance,
while serving, promoting and acting
The essence of The Royal Canadian Legion is to serve Veterans and their dependents, to promote Remembrance and to act in the service of Canada and its communities.
Remembrance is the sacred sentiment which bonds all citizens, bringing everyone together to share in moments of reflection, sorrow, fellowship and gratitude.
The Royal Canadian Legion within BC/Yukon Command embraces a leadership role for Remembrance, honouring this sacred responsibility serving all citizens.
At the Legion, we hold the sacred trust of ensuring the tradition of remembrance is observed by Canadians every year at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month.
This tradition dates back to the First World War when the guns fell silent, marking the end of military conflict and the Remembrance of those who would never return home. The National Poppy and Remembrance Campaign raise funds for veterans and their families, the new military and others who are disadvantaged.
The Legion promotes Remembrance in our communities
The Legion conducts the annual Poppy Campaign and invites all Canadians to wear a Poppy as a visual pledge to never forget those who sacrificed for our freedom.
Legion branches across the country organize and conduct annual community Remembrance services and recognition events.
Branches collaborate with communities to build and maintain local cenotaphs and memorials to honour the Fallen.
Branches are proud to celebrate their local heroes and many have museums and displays to express their pride in their history.
While November is recognized as a time of Remembrance, for the Legion and for many across the country, Remembrance is a year-long commitment. At any given moment, there are many opportunities available to anyone wishing to show their appreciation for those who served, including:
- Becoming a Legion member to support Veterans year-round
- Making a donation to The Legion Foundation
- Making a donation to the Legion’s Poppy Trust Fund at any Legion Branch
- Saying “Thank you” to a Veteran
- Honouring a Veteran in the Military Service Recognition Book
- Inviting a Legion Branch to make a presentation at a school or community group
- Volunteering to help Veterans, and more