How it works
The branch starts
the process in early July by get the information packages together
for the schools. Schools should have received their Remembrance Day
Contest information by the end of September. Then the entries are
dropped off at the branch just after Remembrance Day.
The branch starts the
judging process and the 1st Place winners move onto the next level.
Branch 1st Place
winner moves onto Zone level of the Contest
Zone 1st Place winner
moves onto District level of the Contest
District 1st Place
winner moves onto Provincial Level of the Contest
Provincial 1st Place
winner moves onto Dominion (National) Level of the Contest
How to run the
National Royal Canadian Legion Remembrance Day Poster & Literary
Contest in your school:
Find a volunteer to
look after the contest (parents, teacher, etc)
information to the students
Remind the students
of the contest through the weeks leading up to the deadline. (we
all lead busy lives and need a reminder once in a while)
Collect the entries
from the students and review the registration form to make sure
Bring the entries to
your local legion branch hall
It's just that easy to run
a contest at your school!
I've heard that in the
past, some teachers have worked the contest into their school
curriculum, but that is up to each teacher to decide if they wish to
go that far with the contest. The above outline is a simple way to
get your students to enter the 27th National Royal Canadian Legion
Remembrance Day Poster and Literary Contest.
The Ottawa area legion
branches are here to assist you with the Remembrance Day Poster and
Literary Contest. Please feel free to contact them to assist you.
Also, we are always looking
for volunteers to help with this great program. You can help by
volunteering to be a judge for the poster and literary portions.
Most of the judging is done during the day, on the weekend. In past
years we have been using local veterans to help with the judging. As
time passes, our local veterans have found it more difficult to help
with this great program, so we are seeking help from our Ottawa-area
Some useful links for
The guide addresses the
brief notes on Canadian
military history and The Royal Canadian Legion;
Remembrance themes in
stories, songs and poems;
information about the
annual Poppy campaign and how the money donated is used;
our National Literary and Poster contests; and
This Guide to Remembrance has
been created by The Royal Canadian Legion to assist primary and
secondary school teachers to foster the Tradition of Remembrance
amongst Canada's youth.
It is not the intention that
Remembrance be a daily practice, but there is a need to ensure that
today's youth have a fundamental understanding of what their
great-grandparents, grandparents and in some cases their fathers and
mothers were called upon to do to defend the freedom and democracy
that we enjoy today. Also, it has often been said that those who do
not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
It is believed that most
children, by the time they begin formal schooling, will have had
some exposure to Remembrance Day through television, radio, movies,
reading and through family observance of the day. The Canadian
education system has a responsibility to enrich these early
experiences so that each student may develop a real understanding
and appreciation for Remembrance Day. Children new to Canada must
also have an understanding of the sacrifices that many Canadians
made to preserve and protect the way of life that they now embrace.
In short, we must ensure that Remembrance Day is afforded the
respect and dignity it rightly deserves and maintains its place
among the great traditions of our country.
In addition to the
information available in the guide, your local branch of The Royal
Canadian Legion can be of much assistance. There are members at the
branch who would be more than willing to share their time and
experiences. The telephone number for the branch nearest you can be
found in the white pages of the telephone book under the listing -
Royal Canadian Legion.
It is our hope that you find
the information both useful and meaningful. As you prepare for the
Remembrance period please do not forget the assistance that is
available at your local Legion branch.
This guide is a PDF file so
that you may save the complete PDF or just some of the text and
images onto your computer to use as aids for Poppy and Remembrance
education. The file is fairly large (3.54MG) so it may take several
minutes to open, then save on your computer.