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,
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
poster, literary and Public Speaking
contests with a Remembrance theme, help focus the
attention of the participants on those who gave all for
the freedom we enjoy.
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
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
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 excellent program.
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.