Wear a poppy to re­mem­ber

The Expositor (Brantford) - - LEST WE FORGET - (Source: www.le­gion.ca)

Born from a poem writ­ten by Lieu­tenant-Colonel John McCrae of Guelph, On­tario, a lit­tle red flower was the sub­ject of a uni­ver­sal fear fear the Fallen will be for­got­ten, that their death will have been in vain. From that poem the Poppy grew as the sym­bol of Re­mem­brance. To­day, mil­lions of Cana­di­ans wear the Re­mem­brance Poppy each Nove ber, a vis­ual pledge to never for­get those who sac­ri­ficed for our free­doms.

In the days lead­ing up to Re­mem­brance Day, Cana­di­ans will be paus­ing at a Le­gion ta­ble or Poppy box in malls, stores and ser­vices across the cou try to pick up a Poppy. Cana­di­ans out­side of the coun­try can get a Poppy from Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branches in the U.S., Mex­ico, Ger­many and the Nether­lands, or through their Cana­dian Em­bassy or Con­sulate. While Pop­pies are al­ways free, The Royal Cana­dian Le­gion grate­fully ac­cepts do­na­tions to the Poppy Fund, which di­rectly sup­ports Canada’s Vet­er­ans and their fam liesin need.

Through­out the Re­me­brance pe­riod, we see Pop­pies worn with pride in ev­ery cor­ner of our lives to hon­our our Vet­er­ans. The Royal Cana­dian Le­gion pro­vides a Poppy Pro­to­col to guide Cana­di­ans on a pro­pri­ate and re­spect­ful wear­ing of the lapel Poppy. How­ever, wear­ing a Poppy is a per­sonal ex­pres­sion of Re­mem­brance, and how some­one chooses to wear a Poppy is al­ways an in­di­vid­ual choice.

How to wear a Poppy

The Poppy should be worn with re­spect on the left side, over the heart. The Le­gion’s lapel Poppy is a sa­cred sym­bol of Re­mem­brance and should not be af­fixed with any pin that ob­structs the Poppy. While some have cho­sen to se­cure their Poppy with a pin, most Le­gion Branches pro­vide poppy keep­ers, clear plas­tic ends that can be at­tached to the back of the pin so as not to ob­scure the Poppy yet still keep it se­cure.

When to wear a Poppy

The poppy should be worn dur­ing the Re­mem­brance pe­riod, from the last Fri­day in Oct ber un­til No­vem­ber 11. The Le­gion en­cour­ages the wear­ing of Pop­pies at fu­ner­als of Vet­er­ans, and for any com­mem­o­ra­tive event such as a memo­rial ser­vice, or the an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Vimy Ridge. As well, it is not in­ap­pro­pri­ate to wear a Poppy dur­ing other times to com­mem­o­rate Fallen Vet­er­ans and it is an in­di­vid­ual choice to do so.

When to re­move a Poppy

Pop­pies may be worn through­out the Re­mem­brance pe­riod, in­clud­ing in the evening af­ter Re­mem­brance Day Cer­e­mony. Some choose to re­move their Poppy at the end of the day on No­vem­ber 11. Some choose to re­move their Poppy at the con­clu­sion of the cer­e­mony and place their Poppy on the cen taph or on a wreath as a sign of re­spect. This has be­come a poignant tra­di­tion each year at the Na­tional Re­mem­brance Day Cer­e­mony in Ot­tawa as thou­sands of Pop­pies are placed on the Tomb of the Un­known Sol­dier.

When a Poppy is re­moved, it should be stored ap­pro­pri­ately or it may be dis­posed of re­spect­fully.We en­cour­age any­one who finds a Poppy that has fallen to the ground to pick it up and brush it off so that it can be kept or dis­posed of re­spect­fully.

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