Canadians recognize Remembrance Day, originally called Armistice Day, every November 11 at 11 a.m.

Carleton University’s annual Poppy Campaign, in conjunction with the Montgomery Legion, is set to begin on the last Friday of October (October 25) and will run until Remembrance Day.

Poppy boxes are being delivered to several locations on campus where the commemorative poppy pin can be found.

The poppy is a special reminder of the bravery and dedication of all the servicemen and women who dedicated their lives so that we could enjoy peace and democratic freedom. The Royal Canadian Legion suggests that the poppy be worn on the left lapel of a garment and as close to the heart as possible.

The poppy became widespread in Europe after soils in France and Belgium became rich in lime from debris and rubble from the fighting during the First World War. These little red flowers also flourished around the gravesites of the war dead. In 1915, John McCrae, a doctor serving with the Canadian Artillery, famously made note of this phenomenon in his poem, In Flanders Fields.

Thank you for supporting the 2019 campaign!