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Pay Tribute boxes distribute poppies in a new age
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Pay Tribute boxes distribute poppies in a new age

With your tap debit or credit card, you tap on the bright poppy image on the box and take a poppy. You have just made a $2 donation to the poppy fund. In 2020, The Royal Canadian Legion and HSBC Bank Canada formed a partnership to distribute poppies in special “Pay Tribute” tap-enabled donation boxes. Appealing to Canadians who no longer carry cash about them, HSBC Bank Canada worked with technology partners to ensure the program is in line with latest digital technology. The boxes work with tap-enabled debit and credit cards or mobile and wearable devices like Apple Pay by placing the tap card or pay technology device on the glowing poppy before removing a poppy from the box. “We put out 250 boxes as a pilot project,” said Special Projects Officer Freeman Chute at Legion National He...
Short film promotes remembrance
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Short film promotes remembrance

The efforts of the Canadian Armed Forces in long-term care facilities in Quebec during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic are the subject of a new short film promoting the Quebec Command Poppy Fund. The film, made by Cat Around Films, centres on Montreal city councillor Sterling Downey, who is also a member of Verdun Branch. He describes what the poppy means to him as he walks about the Last Post Fund National Field of Honour in Pointe-Claire, Que. He is also seen looking over photos from his father’s service in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. Downey makes the point that veterans are not just those who served in the two world wars but all those who are serving or have served. He draws particular attention to the reservists who help out in times of floods or ice...
Legion receives $14 million to help branches
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Legion receives $14 million to help branches

The federal government  has announced $20 million in special funding to support veterans’ organizations that are suffering because of the pandemic. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay made the announcement in Ottawa on Nov. 10. The Royal Canadian Legion receives $14 million of the funding to help its branches. The rest of the money is to be divided between the Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans in Canada, True Patriot Love, VETS Canada and other groups who apply directly to Veterans Affairs Canada. “This is what we have been waiting for to help our branches with their operational costs and longer-term survival during the pandemic,” said Dominion President Tom Irvine. “We have already lost over 20 branches during the pandemic, and we hope this...
Choose our cover for the next issue of Legion Magazine!
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Choose our cover for the next issue of Legion Magazine!

Click on covers to enlarge! Help choose the March/April 2021 issue of Legion Magazine! The March/April 2021 issue of Legion Magazine updates the saga of the Avro Arrow, revisits the battle of the Saint Eloi craters in WW I, and explores the role of Canadian-made army trucks in WW II. Also in the issue: medical advances from the First World War; the battle of Kapyong, Korea; and the aftermath of the Gulf War. And more! Loading…
Choose the cover for the next issue of  <em>Canada’s Ultimate Story!</em>
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Choose the cover for the next issue of Canada’s Ultimate Story!

Click on covers to enlarge! ON NEWSSTANDS FEBRUARY 1 SPECIAL COLLECTOR’S EDITION: WINTER 2021 Help choose the cover for the next issue of Canada’s Ultimate Story which explores Canada’s Great Naval Battles. The sea brought explorers, colonizers and navies from Europe to North America—as well as rivalries and wars. Life revolved around the sea and waterways, and naval power ruled. In the world wars, Canada built its own robust navy that could stand its ground with anyone. And today, the Royal Canadian Navy operates around the world. Join naval historian Marc Milner as he retraces Canada’s history—all from a nautical point of view. For more on Canada’s history on high seas and great lakes, pick up a copy of Canada’s Great Naval Battles on newsstands across Canada starting Februa...
Interactive maps now telling Canada’s military history
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Interactive maps now telling Canada’s military history

Canadians interested in military history will soon have a new—and free—interactive tool for researching the Canadian Army’s Italian Campaign during the Second World War. Several years ago, the Canadian Research and Mapping Association (CRMA) set out to create an interactive website—www.project44.ca—to collect digitally preserved maps, aerial imagery, photographs and war diaries tracing the progress of the Canadian Army during D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. “We wanted people to be able to visualize what was happening,” said Drew Hannen, vice president of the association. “The platform is great to give context to what happened and where it happened.” The website’s first project was “The Road to Liberation,” which was launched on the 75th anniversary of D-Day in 2019. Click on the...