Remembrance Day and the poppy

As we gather at the cenotaph on Remembrance Day (Nov. 11), a reminder of what the poppy represents would be fitting.
For more than 100 years, the poppy has been an emblem associated with those who were killed in wars. A letter written during the Napoleonic Wars pointed out how quickly poppies grew atop the graves of soldiers in Flanders, Frances.
In 1915, Lt.-Col. John McCrae penned the enduring poem, “In Flanders Fields.” In 1918, this poem greatly impressed an American woman, Ms. Moira Michael, who started wearing the poppy to commemorate the thousands who died on the battlefield.
Subsequently, a 1920 visit by a Frenchwoman, Mme. Guerin, inspired her to return home to France and use handmade poppies to help raise money for ex-servicemen and their dependents.
In Canada, the Canadian Great War Veterans’’ Association adopted the poppy as the symbol of remembrance in 1921.
Thanks to the millions of Canadians each year who help support the “Poppy Drive,” the Royal Canadian Legion is able to ensure that veterans and their dependents are cared for and treated with the respect they deserve.
Direct assistance is given by funding such areas as accommodations, utilities, clothing, educational assistance, furniture, medical, dental, and optical services.
For the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 in Fort Frances, we have earmarked our funds for La Verendrye hospital, Rainycrest Home for the Aged, as well as individuals support for veterans and their families.
So, on Nov. 11 as we proudly wear our poppies, please take the time to remember everyone who gave their all so that we could life in a free and peaceful country.

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