Thursday, November 10, 2011

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Poppy Facts
  • Poppies in Canada used to be made by disabled war vets but are now made by Dominion Regalia Ltd.
  • Poppies should be worn on the left lapel or as close to the heart as possible
  • In Canada, the centre of the poppy used to be green felt to represent the green fields of France but was changed to black in 1986 to more resemble a real poppy
  • Poppies are an international symbol distributed in 53 Commonwealth countries
  • The Royal Canadian Mint issued a quarter emblazoned with a red poppy in 2004, the first coin ever to have colour on it
  • The Royal Canadian Legion recommends that after November 11, place discarded poppies at the base of your community Cenotaph as a sign of respect to veterans
From the files of the Toronto Star Library
Remembering those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we have today.



5 comments:

  1. Judith, I would love to see one of those quarters. I've never seen a coin with color on it. Thanks for remembering and honoring the veterans. They deserve our gratitude and respect.
    Blessings, Beth

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  2. What a beautiful tribute and I learned so much! Thank you. My father served in WWII and I am very proud of him and very very grateful that he survived as he was one of those who stormed the beaches in France and so many of his buddies didn't make it!

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  3. Very interesting poppy facts. Thanks for sharing and remembering. I'm doing a Remebrance Day post too. Blessings, Pamela

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  4. Hi Judith,

    Wonderful tribute for Veteran's Day! I've learned some great facts about poppies.

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