Where does poppy money go?
Saturday, November 9, 2013, 9:15 -
Each year, millions of Canadians pay their respects to those lost in combat by placing a poppy as close to their hearts as possible.
Poppy Fund donation boxes can be found at various locations across the country.
According to the Salvation Army, an estimated $16.5 million is raised each year through the Poppy Campaign. All money raised by The Royal Canadian Legion branch stays with that local community and helps to pay for medical equipment, home services and long-term care facilities for those who have served or are currently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces.
Last year, an estimated $14 million was raised by the distribution of poppies.
The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem "In Flanders Fields", written by Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I.