Once again, the Qualicum Beach Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76 is inviting students to take part in the annual Remembrance Day Literary and Poster Contest.
Through its longstanding tradition during the Poppy Campaign, Canadian school children will have an opportunity to express their understanding of the National Remembrance Day Service, and the act of honouring the country’s military heritage through art and literature. Fostering Remembrance, the legion, indicated, is a part of everything we do.
The contest is initiated through schools who are provided teaching aid package each September to assist teachers in guiding children through the contest elements. There are four age categories: Senior – Grades 10, 11 and 12; Intermediate – Grades 7, 8 and 9; Junior – Grades 4, 5 and 6; and Primary (poster contest only) – Grades 1, 2 and 3.
“This is an opportunity for young people to become aware of the sacrifice that so many made so that we are able to enjoy the freedoms we have in today’s society,” said Don Taylor, past president of Qualicum Beach Legion Branch 76. “Please take this opportunity to thank our many veterans for their contribution.”
The poster contest is divided into two divisions — colour, and black and white. The literary contest is divided into essay and poem divisions. Students may enter as many contests as they wish, but may submit only one entry for each category. The teaching guide is available at: https://www.legion.ca/communities-youth/youth-education/remembrance-contests
Initial judging takes place at Branch 76 in November. The winning entries progress to further judging at the zone, provincial and national levels. Qualicum Beach winners receive a monetary award and a certificate of participation.
The national winning entries, along with the names of the entrants, are published online at https://lnfcanada.ca/participate/remembrance-contests-for-children-and-youth/
The winning entries for the four categories are displayed at the Canadian War Museum from July 1 to May 1 of the following year.
For the poster contest, the second-place winners, and any receiving an honourable mention, are also displayed in the foyer of the House of Commons during the annual Remembrance period in November. First-place winners in all categories and their school receive a plaque.
The Legion National Foundation sponsors a trip to Ottawa to attend the national Remembrance Day service for senior winners in the four contests (two posters, one essay, and one poetry). The winners place a wreath on behalf of the youth of Canada. They also meet and visit with the Governor General of Canada.
Last year the contest had 87 entries and the Legion is looking forward to more participation this year.
— NEWS Staff