Today marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. In Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K., the poppy has become the symbol of remembrance of fallen soldiers in all wars. The poppy was first used in this way by the American Legion, inspired by the poem In Flanders Fields by Canadian Lt.-Col John McCrae. The poppies in the photo above were spotted in bloom at Riley Park in Calgary, back in August.
Remembrance Day ceremony at the cenotaph in Central Memorial Park, Calgary. More photos on Zooomr.
Spent almost three hours browsing through the exhibits at the Military Museums in southwest Calgary today. It was my first time there and I was impressed by the extensive collection of Canadian military artifacts dating to the Boer War at the turn of the last century. The institution was once known as the Museum of the Regiments. I intend to make a return trip once the naval museum opens there. Here are a few snapshots:
Learn more about the museum at their website.
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