Each year branches of the Royal Canadian Legion inform the public of the results from the past years Poppy Campaign and how the donations will be dispersed over the course of the following year. Dominion Command (Senior most command level of the Royal Canadian Legion) also will publish a national aggregate figure. Royal Canadian Legion Branch 56 Swift Current’s 2022 Poppy Campaign raised a total of $30,208.40. RCL Branch 56 would like to thank all those who donated to this past years Campaign and would like to thank all the volunteers who worked hard to make it the success it was. In addition, RCL Branch 56 would like to thank all those who attended the Remembrance Day services and took the time to remember our veterans, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice for Canada. We Will Remember Them.
The Poppy Campaign: The Poppy Campaign is a yearly campaign ran by the Royal Canadian Legion, running from the last Friday of October until the 11th of November. Canadians across the country wear a Poppy as a visual pledge to honour Canada’s veterans and to remember the fallen who gave their lives while serving our country. While Poppies are distributed freely to all Canadians who wish to wear one, the Royal Canadian Legion does accept donations to the Poppy Fund. The Poppy Campaign is a local initiative and is conducted by Legion Branches in cities, towns, and communities from coast to coast.
All donations that are collected during the campaign are held in trust at the Branch level and the funds are used to directly support veterans and their families within the community and to help ensure that Canadian’s never forget the service and sacrifices made by our veterans. The yearly campaign would not happen without the efforts of the Legionaries who volunteer countless hours to help distribute poppies to their communities. The volunteers are the backbone of the campaign. In addition, the Legion is ever grateful for the efforts and support of the various partners at both the local and national level, who welcome our members and the Poppy Boxes into their locations and businesses.
About RCL Branch 56: Branch No. 56 was originally formed in 1915 as a branch of the Army & Navy Veterans Association. This was later absorbed in 1917 by the newly formed Great War Veterans Association (GWVA). In February 1926 when the GWVA and some other veterans’ organizations banded together, it became the Canadian Legion of the British Empire Service League (BESL). Saskatchewan Command became the first command with the Regina Branch #001 becoming the very first branch to receive its charter (October 1926) from the new Legion. Other branches, such as Branch #56, were already absorbed with their existing charters. In 1960, Royal assent was given by the Queen and the name was changed to – THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION
Our mission is to serve Veterans, including serving military and RCMP members and their families, to promote Remembrance, and to serve our communities and our country. We honour the men and women who put their lives on the line for their country and work to ensure Canada never forgets.