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Remembering WWI

Saskatchewan Wartime Contributions
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Remembrance Day

History of the Poppy

The Inspiration

Canadians first wore the poppy as a symbol of remembrance in 1921. The inspiration - Canadian John McCrae’s poem, In Flanders Fields.

The Beginning

The tradition began with two women, an ocean apart. Upon reading McCrae’s lines, American Moina Michael was moved to compose her own poem and pledged to wear a red poppy in remembrance. In France, Madame Anne Guerin was inspired both by McCrae and Michael. In 1921 Guerin convinced veterans’ organizations in both Britain and Canada to adopt the poppy as a symbol of remembrance.

Poppies in Canada

For the first year Canada bought poppies from Guerin’s organization in France. The next year, and continuing to 1996, Canada’s poppies were made in Vetcraft shops by disabled veterans. Since then, the Legion assumed responsibility for poppy production and contracts a Canadian company to make them.

Old and New Traditions

Poppies are worn by millions of Canadians each year in the days leading to Remembrance Day on November 11. When the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was unveiled at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Remembrance Day 2000, a new tradition was born as many in the crowd laid their poppies on the Tomb.

In Flanders Fields

In 1915, Canadian doctor John McCrea penned his famous poem, In Flanders Fields.

Find out more about the famous poem from the Canadian War Museum.


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Remembering WWI - Impact on Saskatchewan
Mystery Photo
Protection from
Poison GasWWI Gas Mask

Long Years of War
Impact of of WWI on FashionFashions of the 1920s Roll of HonourRoll of Honout
IODE Wall Hanging
Popular Songs of the First World WarSheet Music from WWI
Around the World With Reverend King

Teachers: Saskatchewan Wartime Contributions Hands-On Discovery Box program

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