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Remembrance in the digital age

Thursday, 07 November 2019. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Remembrance in the digital age

Remembrance in the digital age


By Jess Harrington

With so much of our lives lived in the digital world nowadays, those who are not able to offer online services — even charities — may get left behind.

In keeping with the times, the Royal Canadian Legion now offers a couple of interesting ways you can practise remembrance online.

Virtual Wall of Honour

The Virtual Wall of Honour is an ever-expanding, crowd-sourced Remembrance Day slide show that gives Canadians a chance to honour departed loved ones who have served the country.

To add to the wall, all one needs to do is forward of a photo of a deceased veteran to the Legion’s Dominion Command. On Remembrance Day, the wall will be displayed on large video screens near the National War Memorial in Ottawa, prior to the remembrance ceremony.

The slides show can also be found on the Royal Canadian Legion website and YouTube for personal use.

The Legion is now accepting submissions for the November 2020 edition of the Virtual Wall of Honour. Submissions must meet a few basic conditions:

—Deceased Canadian veterans whose death is attributable to any cause can be part of the wall.

—Only one submission per veteran is required, as photos will continue to be included on the wall for all years following submissions.

—Submissions should be in the form of high-resolution electronic files or photo prints. Do not send original photos or documents, as these cannot be returned.

—The submission should include the veteran’s name and years of service, element or force, and the regiment/unit the departed belonged to, if possible.

Photos can be sent to the Royal Canadian Legion Dominion Command, 86 Aird Place, Ottawa, ON, K2L 0A1; or via email to RememberingThem@legion.ca.

For more information, visit www.legion.ca.

Virtual poppies

Every year, millions of Canadians wear poppies as a pledge to honour Canada’s veterans and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. But it seems fewer people carry cash anymore, which may prevent them from buying a traditional poppy pin.

Last year, the Legion launched a new program to bring the poppy into the digital age.

Until Nov. 11, if you visit www.mypoppy.ca and make a charitable donation of any size to the National Poppy Trust Fund, a digital two-sided poppy badge will be sent to your email in return.

The badge can be customized to honour a particular veteran, or left plain. You can also share a story or memory of a relative or friend who served, which other digital poppy purchasers can see.

Once you claim your poppy, you can download and post it to social media, attach it to emails, make it your phone background, or use it in any other digital capacity.

The program has become quite popular, and several notable Canadians have purchased digital poppies, including Margaret Atwood, Don Cherry and Ashley Callingbull.

Legion representatives say the goal of the campaign is not to replace traditional poppies, but to provide a program that complements them.