Department of History marks the 100th Anniversary of the Poppy

Event Date: 
Thursday, November 11, 2021 - 10:30am to 3:00pm EST
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Event Contact Name: 
Ron Harpelle
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As part of the Department of History efforts to promote Public History, we welcome faculty, students and the public to a livestream event on November 11, 2021 to mark the 100th Anniversary of the adoption of the poppy as the symbol of Remembrance.

The decision to use the poppy as a symbol was made at a meeting of the Canadian Great War Veterans’ Association held in the Prince Arthur Hotel in July 1921. At the meeting, Madame Anna Guérin, who took inspiration from John McCrea’s poem, “In Flanders Fields,” presented the idea of selling poppies to raise funds for wounded veterans, widows and orphans.

The event is in French and English. The livestream consists of a variety of films, ceremonies and presentations. Additional information is available at and at

The schedule is below: