City of New Westminster plants 100 poppies at City Hall
to mark the centennial of World War I
New Westminster Mayor Wayne Wright (right) joined by WW2 veterans William Maurice Ford (left), Infantry Rifles, and Robert Hinksman, Regina Rifles Regiment, 3rd Division (centre) by the Cenotaph at City Hall.
New Westminster – The City of New Westminster has marked 100 years since the start of World War I by planting 100 poppies beside the Cenotaph at City Hall. The poppies pay tribute to the brave men and women who fought in the Great War and remind us of their sacrifice.
The City joins other municipalities across the country in commemorating this historic anniversary with the planting of these flowers of remembrance.
“We are proud of and grateful to the men and women who served during World War 1, as well as to all members of the Canadian Armed Forces who have served in protecting the freedoms we enjoy as Canadians,” said Mayor Wayne Wright. “The planting of the poppies is a wonderful idea and great way to honour our veterans.”
In 1915, Canadian Lt.-Col. John McCrae was inspired to write the poem In Flanders Fields on the sighting of poppies growing on the burial grounds of soldiers who died in action. Since then, poppies have come to represent a symbol of remembrance to the fallen, and both gratitude and hope for Veterans and survivors of war.