The Poppy Story

The Poppy Project: How it all began

The Poppy Project was initiated in 2017 by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 605, Saint George, Ontario Canada to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Canada, and to honour the citizens of Saint George and district who paid the ultimate sacrifice (1867 – 2017).

The Legion approached Donn Zver Pottery in Troy, Ontario Canada to produce 100 Poppies for a Commemorative Garden at the Legion Branch in Saint George.

This project was so successful and inspired so many people, that now over 3,000 of these Poppies are being made by the Pottery.

The Poppies can be placed in your garden or at a cemetery so that you too can share in the memories of a loved one who may have fought or helped in the Wars of our Nation for peace and freedom.

The Poppy Story: how the Poppy became a symbol of sacrifice

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields, the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly.
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt the dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields
Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

This was the poem written by World War 1 Colonel John McCrae, a surgeon with Canada’s First Brigade Artillery. It expressed McCrae’s grief over the ‘row on row’ of graves of soldiers who had died on Flanders’ battlefields, located in a region of western Belgium and northern France. The poem presented a striking image of the bright red flowers blooming among the rows of white crosses. The flower is well known as the ‘Flower of Remembrance.’ The red poppy still symbolizes the sacrifices made by all personnel in the Military Service around the world.