Why we wear poppies on Remembrance Day

Each Remembrance Day millions of people around the world wear a poppy in remembrance of all those who fell in World War I — The Great War. It all comes from a poem, In Flanders Field, written by Canadian Army Medical Corps Lt Colonel John McCrea of Guelph Ontario on May 3, 1915. McCrea wrote the poem after officiating at the funeral service of his good friend Lt. Alexis Helmer, Canadian Artillery, who was killed at the Second Battle of Ypres. A story of the time says he was not happy with the poem and threw it away. Fortunately it …
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