“In Flanders fields”: Poppies and the tradition of remembrance

[Canada] "If ye break faith", Frank Lucien Nicolet. [1918]. Courtesy McMaster University Libraries, Identifier: 00001805
[Canada] “If ye break faith”, Frank Lucien Nicolet. [1918]. Courtesy McMaster University Libraries, Identifier: 00001805
We in Canada are used to seeing poppies on lapels this time of year. It’s a immediate signal that Remembrance Day is near, and that the time of commemorative activities has begun. On this Remembrance Day, I  would like to take a moment to write about why the poppy gain significance in the 20th century, and how it has become a symbol of commemoration throughout North American and the Commonwealth.  Continue reading ““In Flanders fields”: Poppies and the tradition of remembrance”

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For “Those who wait and wonder”: The Canadian Memorial Cross

Memorial Cross to the family of R. Elliott 464136.
Pte Robert Elliott, 14th Battalion [Memorial Cross to the family of R. Elliott 464136. Collections CCGW/CCGG]
We featured this silver Memorial Cross, given to the mother of Private Robert Elliot of the 14th Battalion, as part of our Centennial Feature for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Thiepval Ridge. Elliot was killed on 28 September 1916 when the battalion tried to take Kenora Trench. He was listed as missing and his body was never found. Continue reading “For “Those who wait and wonder”: The Canadian Memorial Cross”