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Our mission is to serve veterans, which includes serving military and RCMP members and their families, to promote remembrance and to serve our communities and our country.
The Royal Canadian Legion was formed in 1925 with a membership of 50,000. The Legion's commitment to the remembrance of those who gave their lives for peace and freedom, is as valid today as it was then. Today, the Legion is one of the largest community service organizations in Canada with more than 450,000 members and approximately 1,600 branches in Canada, the USA and Germany. As well as a service to veterans and the community, the Legion has a strong and continuing commitment in promoting Canada's contribution to world peace, the protection of Canadian sovereignty and the preservation of national unity.
As our veterans age, we welcome new members to carry the torch for freedom and support the many services provided by the Royal Canadian Legion to communities across Canada.
Membership was originally restricted to those who had served in Canada's Armed Forces and Merchant Navy. The Royal Canadian Legion is proud of its military heritage and still maintains close ties with the armed forces today; however, over the years, categories of membership have evolved to include other members of the community.