LEST WE FORGET
World War One (WWI) ended on Nov 11, 1918 after four years of fighting by countries around the world. Millions of people lost their lives in the war.
Remembrance Day or Veteran's Day are observed by countries all over the world on November 11th each year.
Why do we wear a poppy?
In the chaos of war, much of nature was destroyed but the poppies survived and bloomed in the fields where so many young men had died. In 1915, a Canadian doctor named John McCrae was treating soldiers wounded during the war and noticed the poppies blooming amongst the gravestones. Touched by the sight, he was inspired to write the poem, "In Flanders Fields".
Today we wear poppies and often read the poem each November in memory of those who served in war.
Although the Canadian poem, written by a doctor serving in France, inspired the poppy-wearing, it was an American woman named Moina Michael who decided to use the poppy as a symbol of everything that was going on. She vowed to wear a poppy every year in remembrance and inspired others around the world to do the same.
In the fall of 1945, Princess Juliana of the Netherlands presented the leaders in Ottawa, Canada with 100,000 tulip bulbs in appreciation for the safe haven that Holland's exiled royal family received during World War II, and in recognition of the role Canadian troops played in liberating the Netherlands.
This is especially meaningful for me because my Grandma Anna lived in the Netherlands in World War II where she met my Grandpa Michael, one of the Canadian troops!
Try our tulip handprint craft in remembrance day red while sharing this interesting fact with your kids!
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