Remembrance Day Poster and Literary Contest

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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

Some stats from the 2008 Remembrance Day Poster and Literary Contest

  • Branch 593 level  - 11 out of 33 schools and 365 entries

  • Zone Level – 10 branches and 1,700 entries

  • District Level – 63 branches and around 4,500 entries

  • Ontario Level – 422 branches and around 50,000 entries

  • Dominion Level – 1527 branches and over 100,000 entries

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)

  • Supply the 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 it's complete.

  • 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 teachers.

Some useful links for addition resources

 Teacher's Guide 

The guide addresses the following subjects:

  • brief notes on Canadian military history and The Royal Canadian Legion;

  • important Canadian symbols;

  • Remembrance themes in stories, songs and poems;

  • information about the annual Poppy campaign and how the money donated is used;

  • information concerning our National Literary and Poster contests; and

  • suggested school Remembrance activities.

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.

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These are some sites that may provide you with addition information:

 

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