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Digital poppies are back ahead of Remembrance campaign launch next week

Last Updated Oct 15, 2019 at 11:50 am PDT

Digital poppies will be sold online again ahead of Remembrance Day 2019. The official poppy campaign launches Oct. 25. (Courtesy, Twitter: The Royal Canadian Legion)

The first poppy of 2019 was ceremonially handed out to the Governor General Tuesday morning

The public poppy campaign officially starts Oct. 25

Digital poppies are being sold again this year at MyPoppy.ca

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The ceremonial first poppy has been handed out by the Royal Canadian Legion, kicking off this year’s Remembrance Day campaign.

The poppy went to Governor General Julie Payette Tuesday morning ahead of the public launch Oct. 25.

Nujma Bond, with the Legion’s National Headquarters, says you’ll soon be seeing cadets and other volunteers asking for donations and handing out poppies. A digital option will be available again after it was tested out last year.

“We were pleasantly surprised by the number of people that participated, and there were about 18,000 people who donated that way last year in 2018,” she says.

She says the Legion is happy to provide another way for people to give money to veteran’s help initiatives, and expects more people to donate digitally again this year.

“People want another option. They’re not carrying as much cash around as they might have in the past, and so it gives them another option to donate via whatever method they wish.”

Digital poppies can be purchased starting at MyPoppy.ca starting Oct. 25.

Of course, cash donations can still be made when volunteers hit the streets next week, and you will get an actual poppy to pin on Remembrance Day.

Each year, over 20 million poppies are distributed in communities across Canada.