100th Anniversary of the Remembrance Poppy

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The theme of this year’s Remembrance Day Ceremony is the 100th Anniversary of the Remembrance Poppy in Canada. In 1921, inspired by John McCrae's "In Flanders Fields", Madame Anna Guérin, had an idea: to adopt the distribution of the Poppy on Armistice Day as a way to raise money for Veterans' needs and to remember those who had given their lives during the First World War. In July of 1921 the Great War Veterans Association (which in 1925 would unify with other Veteran groups to form the Canadian Legion) adopted the Poppy as the flower of Remembrance. Since then, this tradition of Remembrance has been upheld.

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