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Every year, in the early days of November, Canadians wear poppies to honour and remember the fallen.
Though poppies were observed on graves of soldiers and in fields as early as the 19th century, the poppy has stood as a symbol of remembrance since 1921, when it was adopted by the Great War Veterans’ Association. In 1925, the Canadian Legion was formed and the group carried on the tradition, with poppies gracing the left lapels and collars of Canadians every November.
Why the poppy emerged as this symbol some 100 years after the red and black flower was first noted in European fields and cemeteries was in large part due to the work of John McCrae. His poem “In Flanders Fields,” was written in 1915 during…
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