poppyToday is Remembrance Day — In 1918 World War I was formally ended with the Germans signing the Armistice. This signing occurred at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month. Remembrance Day (also called Armistice Day, Veteran’s Day, Armed Forces Day) now remembers all our armed forces who have served their countries during wartime. Some of these brave people died for their countries and in Canada, we wear a poppy on our lapel to recognize those people. Why do we wear a poppy? Not only do poppies grow wild in Flanders Field — full of battlefields, spoiled earth, and burials for soldiers — but the poppies are also written about in one of the most famous WWI poems, In Flanders Fields.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

— John McRae