Why the Poppy on Veterans Day ?
Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day or Veterans Day) is a day to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war, specifically since the First World War. It is observed on the 11th of November to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918.
A writer first made the connection between the poppy and battlefield deaths during the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th century, remarking that fields that were barren (infertile) before battle then exploded with the blood-red flowers after the fighting ended.
During the tremendous bombardments of the First World War the chalk soils became rich in lime from rubble, allowing ‘popaver rhoeas’ (poppies) to thrive. When the war ended, the lime was quickly absorbed, and the poppy began to disappear again.
Thanks to the millions of Canadians who wear flowers each November, the little red poppy has never died. And neither have Canadian’s memories for 116,031 of their countrymen who died in battle.