WATCH — Why do we wear poppies on Remembrance Day?

Published 2021-11-08 02:00

The poppy tradition began 100 years ago

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Every year in Canada around Nov. 11, the little red flower known as the poppy starts popping up.

Nov. 11 is Remembrance Day, a memorial to Canadians who have served and continue to serve during times of war, conflict and peace.

And the poppy is the official symbol of remembrance.

This year is particularly special because it is the 100th anniversary of the poppy.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

The poppy has a long history, and there are lots of people who disagree about its use, its colour and even how to wear it.

There’s a lot to unbox here. But don’t worry, we’ve got you. KN Explains:

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With files from CBC
TOP IMAGE CREDIT: Paul Ellis/Getty Images with graphic design by Philip Street/CBC

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Isabelle MacNeil
Isabelle MacNeil
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Isabelle MacNeil is a Grade 12 student from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She started working with KN in 2018. Isabelle loves reporting, hopes to inspire others as a positive role model and believes that giving kids a voice is more important than ever.

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