Where does your poppy money go?
Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 2:59 PM - 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 website of the Governor General of Canada, more than 20 million poppies are distributed across Canada in the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day.
In a typical year, more than $10 million are raised through the poppy campaign.
The practice was adopted in 1921 by the Great War Veterans' Association. Poppies are our national symbol of remembrance and respect for the 117,000 Canadians who gave their lives during military service.
It's also a nod to "In Flanders Fields", a powerful poem written by Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, inspired by the poppies that bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in WWI.
Remembrance Day is a federal statutory holiday in three territories: Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut and in six provinces including, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
HERE'S HOW YOUR POPPY MONEY IS DISTRIBUTED
According to the Royal Canadian Legion, poppy funds are distributed in a number of ways that support current and past members of the Canadian Armed Forces. Some examples include:
- Grants: For food, heating, clothing, prescription medication, medical equipment.
- Housing: Costs associated with essential home repairs and emergency shelter or assistance for Veterans and their families.
- Funding for Veteran Transition Programs related to the training, education and support needs of Veterans and their families.
- Community drop-in centres.
- Educational bursaries for children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Veterans.
- Donations for relief of disasters
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With files from Leeanna McLean