of the First World War were formally ended at the 11th hour
of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, with the German signing of
the Armistice. After World War I, fields of poppies flowered on the
battlefields of Flanders. November 11th was set aside each year as
(originally called Armistice Day), when we pause
remember those who have served in the armed forces, and those who gave
their lives in the cause of freedom. The blood-red poppy is a most
appropriate symbol of remembrance for our honored war dead who made the
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When the poet John McCrae wrote the famous words, “In
the poppies blow…” only destiny knew the impact
his words would have on
the world. In giving a voice to the
anguish McCrae must have felt as he
witnessed the horrors of war, In
also gave voice to the poppy - the humble, scarlet flower that grew to
become Canada’s quintessential symbol of remembrance.
was not the first time a link between the poppy and war had been made.
A century earlier, a writer during the Napoleonic wars noted how the
battlefields became covered with poppies once the fighting was over.
with the First World War, the battles that took place in Flanders
infused the soil with lime that enabled the poppy to thrive in a
landscape of destruction. Nature could not have selected a more fitting
symbol to solemnize a soldier’s ultimate sacrifice. For
poppy was a life-changing sight. Today, it’s a powerful
inspires thousands of people across Canada and increasingly throughout
North America to honor the men and women who have given their lives for
Please see the end of this article for the complete text of the poem In Flanders Fields
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A red and black poppy
flower is set
in a field on top of the maple leaf, the symbol of Canada. The
bilingual legend REMEMBER • SOUVENIR, the date,
denomination, and year of issue are all present.
Her Majesty, Queen
Elizabeth II of
England, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of
the queen to appear on Canadian coinage, was executed by the artist
Susanna Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA
("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") also appears.