In the Garden: Whats in a flower? A lot, when its a poppy

In the Garden: What\s in a flower? A lot, when it\s a poppy
Why people wear poppies and others dont
A downtown church in Calgary has chosen to showcase poppies in a unique way ahead of Remembrance Day.

What started as a project with a few volunteers making knitted poppies has blossomed into a global effort with poppies being sent from around the world.

Streams of poppies have been tied to netting and draped outside and inside the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer.

Members of the Armed Forces took part in the official opening of the Field of Remembrance at Royal Wootton Bassett – one of six such fields across the UK, with the other five in London, Belfast, Gateshead, Staffordshire.

The poppy project was the brainchild of church member Pippa Fitzgerald Finch, who had seen something similar in England and has personal reasons for remembrance.

Meanwhile the eight million horses, donkeys and mules who died on all sides during the First World War were today remembered at the Animals in War Memorial on the edge of Hyde Park in London this morning.

My father was involved in the Second World War, he was in Burma and my stepson was in the Afghan war, she told CTV News.

Deeply moving remembrance events took place across Britain today as the nation prepared to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

It was amazing how many people said, Oh, could I join and start knitting? We now have over a hundred people who have contributed.

The poppies are flowing from the tower of Selby Abbey to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War

Alongside the knitted and crocheted poppies from Calgary are contributions from all over Alberta and British Columbia, as well as 25 poppies from New Zealand.

As Canadians get ready to mark the centenary of Armistice Day, which saw the end of conflict in the First World War, this breathtaking display gives Calgarians the opportunity to pause and remember the sacrifice of so many.

Rev. Leighton Lee explained how important Remembrance Day is at his church, the regimental chapel of the Calgary Highlanders.

Its a major anniversary as we commemorate the Armistice, so theres no more fitting tribute really than to do something like this, he said.

Were very proud of it but were also extremely moved by the reaction people have on the street, stopping to look, to touch, take photographs and admire.

The poppies will remain in place until November 11 then carefully taken down and put away, to be brought out for next year.

The poppy project was the brainchild of church member Pippa Fitzgerald Finch, who had seen something similar in England and has personal reasons for remembrance.

Streams of poppies have been tied to netting and draped outside and inside the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in Calgary.

A downtown church in Calgary has chosen to showcase poppies in a unique way ahead of Remembrance Day.

Introduced in 1921 by the British Legion, the famous poppy pin is worn by some to remember the casualties of war.