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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.

Staff lined the atrium of Lloyds of London as poppies fell from the ceiling, while a stunning display of thousands of hand knitted poppies at Selby Abbey in North Yorkshire flowed from the tower and into to the grounds.

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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.

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.

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

About eight per cent of Canadas male population enlisted in the First World War — 620,000 — and of those 420,000 served overseas and more than 50,000 perished. Humphries said the loss transformed families, the state and Canadian society.

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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.

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

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

In a town that received the bodies of more than 300 dead British service personnel for repatriation ceremonies between 2007 and 2011, the horrors of war will be particularly fresh in the memory for those marking the centenary of the 1918 armistice this Sunday.

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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.

Like a miniature version of the war cemeteries that sprawl across the fields of France and Belgium, thousands of tiny wooden crosses stood in massed ranks in Royal Wootton Bassett this morning for a remembrance service.

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

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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.

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