On November 11th of each year we honour those who have fought, sacrificed and served our country.  One way we do this is by donning a little plastic poppy over our hearts.

Each year, the Poppy Campaign of the Royal Canadian Legion raises millions of dollars to support veterans, including Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP and their families. Funds raised go toward grants for food, heating costs, clothing, prescription medication, shelter, and other needs.

We work in a very beautiful setting at Flowers Talk Tivoli. We’re surrounded by a colourful variety of sweet-smelling flowers and plants. We have the privilege of making people smile, just by delivering something unexpected or recognizing someone with a thoughtful gift. Supporting the Poppy Campaign is one way we can be thoughtful and remind ourselves of the gift of life.

As you wear your poppy this year, reflect on the things you’re grateful for and remember those who have gone on before “in Flanders Fields”.

In Flanders Fields
BY JOHN MCCRAE

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 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.

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