October 22, 2004

Canadian Poppy Coins...
The Canadian Mint has issue a world first. They're issuing quarters that have a red poppy on them. Not just the imprint of a poppy, but red colour on the imprint of the poppy. They're in memory of the soldiers that died in the First and Second World Wars, and you can get them at Tim Horton's (where my sister just got a job by the way!).
In Canada and Britain (and maybe in America too, does anyone know?), we wear red poppies around the 11th of November to remember the fallen soldiers who died fighting for freedom.
There's a famous poem by John McCrae, who was a Canadian soldier in the First World War:
In Flanders fields the poppies grow
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.

John McCrae died in the war, and is buried in Belgium.

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