2019 Pilgrimage of Rememberance

The 2019 Royal Canadian Legion Pilgrimage of Remembrance will take place from 6 to 20 July 2019. During this 15-day experience, pilgrims will tour battlefields, pay their respects in cemeteries, reflect at memorials and explore museums throughout France and Belgium with a short foray into the Netherlands (to be confirmed). A maximum of 45 people will participate in this pilgrimage, which will include Command representatives and paying (self-funded) pilgrims.

As this is a major investment for the Legion, it is incumbent on the part of Provincial Commands to ensure that the pilgrims selected understand that they will be representing their commands as well as the Legion itself, and that they understand their obligation to conduct post-Pilgrimage presentations for at least the following year. Each Command is invited to select a representative to participate in the Pilgrimage.

For the purposes of Dominion Command the following is required: (Application Form can be downloaded and  is located below)
 
- The name of the Command representative, including his/her completed application form;

-  A brief essay drafted by the selected command representative explaining their motivation to attend the pilgrimage;

- An attached outline of the representative’s planned post Pilgrimage activities as stated in the introduction paragraph; and

- The name of the backup representative.  

In choosing the Legion member to participate as your command’s official representative, please note the following requirements:
 
 Must be a member of The Royal Canadian Legion and possess proper Legion dress for ceremonies conducted while on the pilgrimage;
 
 Must be of the age of majority and possess a passport valid to January 2020 (security requirement);
 
 Must be active in a Legion branch, youth and other community activities;
 
 Must be an effective communicator with proven experience in public speaking and technical ability in preparing presentations with experience in the use of social media would be highly desirable;
 
 Must draft a brief essay on their motivation to attend the pilgrimage;
 
 Must attach a separate document outlining post pilgrimage activities, specifically, how they would expect to relate their pilgrimage experiences to youth groups, Legion branches, the media and other organizations in their communities upon their return. Provincial Commands shall determine expectations for presentations; and
 
 Must be physically fit.
 
Costs for the ten Provincial Command representatives will be covered by Dominion Command. This includes domestic travel, international air and coach travel, hotel accommodations, meals, museum admissions and out-of-Canada medical insurance. It does not include gratuities for the tour guide and coach driver or any items of a personal nature. Please note that accommodation is based on double occupancy. Any single premium will be at the individual’s expense in all cases.

Applications must be received by PEI Provincial Command no later than October 19, 2018.
 This information must be forwarded by Provincial Command to Dominion Command for review by the Poppy & Remembrance Committee.