TORONTO – The Royal Canadian Legion’s annual poppy campaign leading up to Remembrance Day began Friday.
The poppies will be sold by war veterans on street corners, at subway stations and at the grocery store.
More than 18-million poppies have been distributed to the legion’s branches.
The money raised goes towards helping veterans and their families. In 2012, the campaign raised around $14-million. In Toronto, the campaign raised about $1-million.
“This generosity has helped pay for special equipment such as wheelchairs, home improvements to accommodate injured Veterans, and school bursaries for children of Veterans,” said Gordon Moore, dominion president of the Royal Canadian Legion, in a release.
“We hope that last year’s generosity will be matched, if not exceeded again this year,” he added.
The Toronto Royal Canadian Legion launched its annual TTC poppy campaign at Davisville station Friday morning, with the help of veterans and students from Davisville Public School.
Since 1921, the poppy has been a symbol of remembrance to honour soldiers and military personnel who have lost their lives during war and other combat operations.
The TTC said it will pause its vehicles to observe a moment of silence on Remembrance Day, Nov. 11, to honour Canada’s veterans. TTC buses and streetcars will bear a sign that reads “Lest We Forget,” and a message will also be displayed on all subway platform video screens.
All current and past members of Canada’s military and one companion can ride on the TTC for free on Remembrance Day.