Remembrance Day – Lest We Forget

November 11, 2013  |     |   0 Comment

Poppy - istock“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.”

John Diefenbaker


On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Canadians are asked to pause in memory of the thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives in military service.

Today, at public gatherings in Ottawa and around the country, Canadians pay tribute with two minutes of silence to the country’s fallen soldiers from the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Afghanistan conflict and peacekeeping missions.

As a visual pledge to never forget the sacrifices of our fallen soldiers, we wear Poppies on the lapels of our jackets or blazers.  The Poppy has stood as a symbol of remembrance since 1921.

I’ve been asked questions by many people about the Poppy, such as how long it should be worn and the proper side to wear it on. Here are a few guidelines from the Royal Canadian Legion to help with proper etiquette surrounding the Poppy:

  • A Poppy should be worn on your left breast, over the heart.
  • Traditionally, Poppies are worn during the remembrance period between the last Friday in October and sundown on November 11th but can be worn at any time.
  • It is the position of the Legion that the Poppy is a sacred symbol of Remembrance and should not be defaced in any way. No other pin, therefore, should be used to attach it to clothing.
  • The most appropriate spot to leave your Poppy at the end of the day on November 11 is at the base of a war memorial or cenotaph but the way in which to dispose of the Poppy is at the discretion of the individual.





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