The Veteran's Affars Canada has this info about the poppies we wear at this time every year:
On November 11, especially, but also throughout the year, we have the opportunity to remember the efforts of these special Canadians. In remembering, we pay homage to those who respond to their country's needs. On November 11, we pause for two minutes of silent tribute, and we attend commemorative ceremonies in memory of our war dead.
Between the crosses, row on row,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
The flowers and the larks serve as reminders of nature's ability to withstand the destructive elements of war by men, a symbol of hope in a period of human despair. In Canada, traditionally the poppies which we wear were made by disabled Veterans. They are reminders of those who died while fighting for peace: we wear them as reminders of the horrors of conflict and the preciousness of the peace they fought hard to achieve.
|Remembrance Day Parade Toronto, Canada 2009|
Is there someone you'd like us to remember today?
Donald Pearce, Journal of a War: North-West Europe, 1944-1945. Toronto, Macmillan, 1965
John McCrae, In Flanders Fields and Other Poems. Edited by Sir Andrew Macphail, Toronto, Briggs, 1919
Veteran's Affairs Canada http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/