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What does the remembrance poppy mean to you?

Wearing a poppy is a personal choice. Some people embrace the symbol. Others don't.

The poppy has gone digital in a bid to court younger Canadians

A man touches the helmet on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier after laying a poppy following the National Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)
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"In Flanders fields, the poppies blow, between the crosses, row on row."

The opening lines of John McCrae's In Flanders Fields resonates with millions of Canadians who wear poppies every Remembrance Day in honour of Canada's fallen.

But the plastic poppy pins — an enduring symbol — seem to be shifting with the times.

The Royal Canadian Legion, owners of the poppy trademark, unveiled a digital poppy this year.

The tides are also turning when it comes to opinions on the poppy. Many Canadians embrace the symbol, while others have spoken out against it saying it glorifies war.

What do you think?

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