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The Helpful Gardeners Podcast | Ep38: Behind the Poppy – Honouring Remembrance Day

A single poppy has the soul of a thousand heroes” – unknown

In this episode, we pay tribute to those who served and sacrificed for our freedom, and we delve into the poignant symbol of the poppy. Join us as we explore the rich history and deep meaning behind this iconic flower, understanding why it became a symbol of remembrance and hope. Let’s take a moment to reflect on the stories behind the poppy and the brave individuals it represents. This is more than just gardening; this is a tribute to courage, sacrifice, and the enduring power of a simple, yet profound, symbol.

Significance of the Poppy

The poppy was a native plant growing along the western front during WWI. It gained popularity from Canadian poet and soldier, John McCrae who wrote In Flanders Fields in 1915.

In 1921, the Great War Veterans’ Association adopted the poppy as a symbol of remembrance. From there, the Canadian Legion adopted it.

In 1931, the federal government decreed that the newly named Remembrance Day would be observed on 11 November.

In 1948, the People of Canada declared the Poppy insignia as a protected mark through an Act of Parliament.

The poppy remains an enduring symbol of remembrance in Canada, Great Britain, the nations of the Commonwealth, and in the United States for those who served or fell in service of their country.

How to Wear a Poppy

The poppy was worn on the left lapel and close to the heart to recognize the sacrifice of soldiers in times of war. It’s worn from the final Friday of October thru November 11th.

They were initially made by disabled veterans and the proceeds of sales, then and now, go towards funding veterans’ needs.

Grow Your Own Poppy Garden

The Legion Supply Department offers seeds to grow the “Common Poppy” or “Corn Poppy – Papaver rhoeas” to create a living memorial and reminder in your own garden. They also make beautiful cut flowers to bring into your home.

The Legion Poppy Seeds | LINK

Supporting Veterans 

Ways to Support Veterans

  1. Seek out programs in your community.
  2. Visit a local landmark, museum, or service
  3. Scan your Poppy to read a legacy story.

Hypothetical Question of the Week….

“If you could take any two types of plants and marry them so you would get a brand new type of plant, what would it be?”

 Tulip Tree | LINK



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