Thursday, November 6, 2008

2008 National Poppy Campaign

Did you purchase a Poppy yet this year? I have and I'm wearing it proudly (when I don't forget to put it on the jacket that I'm wearing that day) Remember, people gave their lives for our Canadian Freedom.
Here's some interesting facts from CTV about the poppy:
Poppy protocol:

-The poppy should be worn as close to the heart as possible or on the left lapel of the outermost garment.
-The poppy should only be worn during the Remembrance period, starting the on last Friday of October and -ending at midnight on Nov. 11, or at other veteran-related special events.
-The poppy should never be defaced in any way including replacing its pin.
-An old poppy should never be reused. Appropriate disposal of the poppy is left to the discretion of each individual.
-Any poppies found lying on the ground would be best placed lying at the foot of a war monument or in a local cemetery.

Little known facts:

Until 1996, poppies were handmade by veterans in Vetcraft workshops in Montreal and Toronto. The work provided a small source of income for disabled ex-service persons.

While the traditional lapel poppy is the most popular, car models, large table varieties and metal pins are also available at most Legion branches.

The centre of the poppy was originally black but was changed to green more than twenty years ago to represent the green fields of France. In 2002, it was changed back to black to reflect the actual colours of the poppies that grew in Flanders, Belgium.

The poppy is an international "symbol of collective reminiscence."

Poppies have been associated with those killed in combat since the Napoleonic Wars of the 19th century, more than 110 years before being adopted in Canada.

Prior to the First World War, few poppies grew in Flanders. Trench warfare enriched the soil with lime from rubble, allowing "popaver rhoes" to thrive. When the war ended, the lime was quickly absorbed and poppies began to disappear again.

In 1915, Guelph, Ont. native John McCrae, a doctor serving with the Canadian Forces Artillery, wrote about the poppy explosion in his famous poem In Flanders Fields.

An American woman inspired by McCrae's poem wore the flower year round and exported the idea to Madame Guérin of France who sold the handmade poppies to raise money for poor children. Guérin later convinced friends in Canada to adopt the symbol as well.
For more information on the 2008 National Poppy Campaign, check out the Royal Canadian Legion's website.
Today's Quote:
"We are not asked ... to believe in a perfect world. We are asked to equip ourselves with courage, hope, readiness for hard work and to cherish large and generous ideals"  ~Emily Balch

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