Legions throughout Ontario Command sponsor youth programs that include
sports, Cadet Corps, Scouts, leadership training and Remembrance activities.
It is our aim to help youth learn an appreciation for teamwork, leadership,
duty and most importantly, Remembrance.
Legions believe educating our youth on the high cost of their freedom is one
of our most important roles in Ontario today. We must impress upon young
people who have never known war, that freedom was won at the cost of many
lives; young lives like their own. Our annual
Speaking contests with a Remembrance theme, help focus the attention
of the participants on those who gave all for the freedom we enjoy.
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Ontario Command participates in the biannual Pilgrimage of Remembrance. This
program, organized by our Dominion Command, uses veterans and other Legion
dignitaries as guides for tours of WWI and WWII battlefields and cemeteries.
Some of the most popular youth programs are the multitude of sports programs
run by Ontario Command Branches. Sports activities such as hockey teams and
leagues, baseball, softball, soccer, swimming, figure skating and lacrosse
are among the programs supported by our branches.
Each year, many branches co-ordinate track and field programs. These
programs allow young athletes to participate in many events and to complete
with other athletes at District meets, and at Provincial levels in one of
the Legion's semi-annual provincial meets.
Legions in Ontario Command help to promote patriotism, leadership and an
awareness of duty by sponsoring youth groups such as Scouts, Navy League and
Sea, Army and Air Cadets. The Legion, through our local branches, also
sponsors the Cadet Medal of Excellence. This medal is awarded to outstanding
young men and women who participate in cadet programs.
Ontario Command branches are encouraged to support the Encounters With
Canada program, that brings together students from across the country for a
week of Canadian studies and activities at the Terry Fox Centre in Ottawa.
More than 3,000 young people from across Canada participate in this
Legions throughout Ontario Command sponsor bursaries for high school,
college and university students. Our branches also pool funds with Ladies'
Auxiliaries through our Ontario Command Branches and Ladies' Auxiliaries
Charitable Foundation. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in bursaries are
awarded each year through the Charitable Foundation.
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