Monday, November 07, 2011


Monday 7 November 2011

In the week or so leading up to Remembrance Day (Canadian Veteran's Day) everyone here wears poppies on their lapel to commemorate the veterans. And I mean, really almost every single person you see on the street.

Many of the Canadian WWI dead are buried at Flander's Fields, and now the poem "In Flanders Fields" has become so popular that it is what most Canadians associate with Remembrance Day. The poem begins "In Flanders fields the poppies blow/Between the crosses, row on row," hence the poppies worn on the lapel.

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