What festival is that flower
pinned to your shirt?
One of my co-workers, a young man who had recently come to Canada, stopped me in the hall and asked the question; “What festival is that flower pinned to your shirt?”
I realized his question was legitimate and it kind of set me back. In my mind I just assumed that everyone in Canada knew about Remembrance Day and the reason why we wear poppies around November 11th.
I said; “Let’s go get a cup of coffee, where we can talk”.
“The reason why we wear the poppy is to show people that we honour those who have served our country in our military;” I explained. “The poppy came from the world famous poem ‘In Flander’s Fields'” written by a World War One Canadian Army Doctor.
I explained further; “The Canadian government established our remembrance on the anniversary of the World War One Armistice. The official end of the war was 11:00am November 11th, 1918.”
He left the coffee room more confused than ever and I left realizing that not everyone, or every country, remembers those who sacrificed so much for their country and their fellow citizens.
The Canada Vimy Ridge WW1 Memorial in France