The 2016 Legion Poppy Campaign kicked off on Friday, Oct. 28 and with that began the Royal Canadian Legion’s Dominion Command’s Virtual Poppy Drop on Parliament Hill.
Every night from Oct. 28 through Nov. 11, a virtual Poppy Drop of 117,000 Poppies representing each Canadian fallen soldier, will be projected on the Peace Tower and Centre Block on Parliament Hill.
“The virtual Poppy Drop will be a stunning, large-scale reminder of the sacrifices of Canada’s Veterans, with the added significance of having that display on the Peace Tower and Centre Block of our Parliament Buildings,” said Royal Canadian Legion Dominion President, Dave Flannigan, in a statement.
Additionally, two video screens will showcase the Legion’s Virtual Wall of Honour and Remembrance, which is a collage of photos of Canadian veterans who have served and sacrificed.
“The virtual Poppy Drop will be a memorable and highly symbolic visual display that will perpetuate the memory and deeds of the Fallen. We encourage everyone to come to Parliament Hill the evenings of October 28 through November 11 to take a moment to pause and remember,” states the Legion website.
The Poppy Drop will take place each night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Poppies can be purchased across the country from now until Remembrance Day.