COVID-19 has made it more difficult for Canadians to attend public ceremonies taking place for Remembrance Day. Despite obstacles caused by the current health crisis, there’s nothing stopping us from taking time today — and really, any day — to reflect on how the sacrifices made by veterans throughout our history have shaped our country. Lest we forget.
Last year, the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in downtown Calgary began displaying thousands of knitted poppies to commemorate Remembrance Day. They are back this year.
Each was hand-knitted or crocheted by Calgarians and people elsewhere around the world, in memory of our those who fell in service of Canada and our rights and freedoms.
We will always remember.
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.
In honour of Remembrance Day, a portion of the Canadian war veterans’ memorial (photo captured at sunset last summer) near Poppy Plaza in northwest Calgary. The words are from the poem In Flanders Fields by Lt.-Col. John McCrae.