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November 11, 2014
The peaceful society we enjoy has been created by the efforts and sacrifices of generations of Canadians who have put their lives on the line in the cause of peace and freedom around the world. Remembering all that they have done during times of war, military conflict and peace helps us to better understand our nation’s history and its future.
The poppy has come to symbolize soldiers’ sacrifice since WWI. It was one of the few plants able to grow in the debris left behind by battles across Europe, and sprang up on the grave sites of the fallen soldiers. This image was immortalized in the poem, “In Flanders Fields,” by John McCrae, Canadian Artillery doctor.
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