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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Poppies

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In Flanders fields the poppies grow …

Inspired by John McCrae’s poem, poppies are a common sign of remembrance.

Poppies bloom in late spring or early summer in my area. Only the odd seed pod is left these days. It’s now the season when mass-produced poppies start to pop up. These are major fundraisers for the British and Canadian Legions, who fervently guard registered trademarks.

Clockwise from top left, these manufactured poppies were spotted:

  • at Lochnager Crater, La Boisselle, France
  • on Bethune’s wrist, Norman Bethune Square, Montreal
  • on John McCrae statue, Green Island, Ottawa
  • at Hyde Park Corner (Royal Berks) Cemetery, Ploegsteert, Belgium
  • on Cambrai Memorial, Louverval Military Cemetery, Doignies, France
  • at Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, Fromelles, France

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