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Poppy Day Remembering

Updated on November 8, 2013
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After four years of battle, on November 11th, 1918 an armistice (or an agreement to stop fighting) was signed that ended World War I. A year later, in 1919 Armistice Day was established as an official holiday. On the first Armistice Day, King George V of England hosted a banquet at Buckingham Palace on November 10th and on the 11th official commemorations took place to honor all those who gave up their lives in battle.

Today, the tradition of honoring our fallen soldiers continues. Armistice Day is more commonly referred to as Remembrance Day, Poppy Day or Veterans Day. The date of celebration varies from country to country. In England, it is celebrated on the second Sunday in November. In South Africa, celebrations take place on the Saturday before the eleventh. In many countries including: the United States and Canada, it is always celebrated on November 11th. No matter when or where Remembrance Day takes place, commemorations to honor their fallen are performed in a similar fashion. The Last Post, a solemn bugle call is played followed by two minutes of silence performed at 11:00 am, which was the official time the Armistice was signed after World War I, bringing an end to the war. Memorial poems are read aloud, poppy wreaths and small wooden crosses are laid on the tombs of fallen soldiers. Typically the Royal family, government officials and the common man participate in these services both publicly and privately.

Although it is a Federal and State holiday, Veterans Day is not observed in the United States like in other parts of the world. On Veterans Day, Americans honor all those who have or currently are serving in the military but, usually there aren’t any formal ceremonies.

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Why poppies

Bright red poppies commonly grow in large quantities across the old battlegrounds where some of the worst battles of World War I were fought. Looking out at the fields of red, one can remember the blood spilt in countless battles, not only during World War I, but in all subsequent wars.

Children are encouraged to celebrate Remembrance Day and to spend time remembering those who have fallen in war. In many countries, schools hold special assemblies that help them commemorate those who gave their lives in battle.

The battlegrounds of World War I are described in the poem, In Flanders Fields, which was written by Lieutenant Colonel 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.

Let us remember those who have fallen, let us pay tribute to those soldiers who gave up all during battle, on this a day of Remembrance.

Poppy Craft

Something that all children can do regardless of where they live is to show remembrance by wearing a poppy, maybe one they have made themselves.

This act helps them to think of those who have fought in battle and also it can help them understand what the cost of freedom really is.

Materials needed:

  • egg carton
  • large scissors
  • small pointy scissors
  • acrylic paint (white, red and black)
  • paint brush
  • deer foot brush
  • glue gun
  • black pompom 2 cm (¾ in) diameter (optional)
  • brooch pin
  • acrylic varnish (optional)

Cut a cell of an egg carton.

Trim the edge of the cell with small scissors to form a small "bucket".

With a pencil, divide the back of the cell into four approximately equal sections .

Next, draw the four petals.

Cut around the four petals with small scissors.

First paint the flower with a coat of white paint. The white base coat will prevent the gray of the egg carton from showing through the red paint.

When the white paint is dry, paint the flower in red.


When the red paint is dry, paint the heart of the flower in black with a deer foot brush. That gives a more natural effect atthe edge of the petals.

Note: the « deer foot » is a brush with an angled edge that gives texture to the paint.

On the back of the flower, glue a brooch pin with the glue gun .

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit and comment! We still have them each year in Canada. It's so important to remember so it doesn't happen again.

      Have a nice day!

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      wabash annie 3 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      Like many, I'm sure, I can remember when poppies were handed out on street corners, in train stations, and in airports on Armistice Day. Your Hub helps us all to remember ... thanks for writing on this topic.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit and always interesting comments! If I would do the poppies with a stem, I would use probably crepe paper to give the fragility of the flower. What would be difficult to recreate are the texture of the stem. Thank you for making me think :-)

      Enjoy the rest of the day!

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      Karen Robiscoe 3 years ago from California

      Gosh this looks like fun...I wish I had some kids, so an excuse to do it! (sugar cube houses, too..;) Well, maybe next time i visit the niece down SD way...she's a tween, and it could be lots of fun!

      I think it would be interesting to try making them into stemmed poppies, too, with leaves and whatnot...I wonder how you might set them stationary in fake water, though...

      anyway. have a wonderful week, KC! :)

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I love the colour of the poppies but also their fragility. Their stems sway with the wind and the petals seem to float but take them out of their element and they wilt. It's nice that you learned to create flowers with your Mom :-)

      Have a great weekend!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You taught me something I did not know. A house I bought years ago had a field of red poppies just like those above, they were so beautiful. Might make a dozen of your poppy craft flower since I have an egg carton and I use to help my mom make flowers years ago so I know how to put stems of wire and wrap the green paper around it. Bet that would be so pretty! Thanks. ^

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your very kind comment, Michelle. Indeed those poppy fields are beautiful! When I go to Europe and I see those poppies on the side of the road, I have to stop and take pictures! Their meanings is so important also!

      Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Beautiful, meaningful and must be shared. One of the most beautiful things to see in the world are poppy fields! Thanks for sharing!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      You are very sweet in your comment, Passionate! Thank you very much! I love creating and try to connect different subjects with an art project :-)

      Have a great week!

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      passionate77 3 years ago

      very well written, so informative and beautiful post with lot of interesting knowledge to offer to its readers, and also your ideas are simply amazing and unique performing these crafting projects, well done dear, good post, enjoyed the reading all through.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      You are very kind! Thank you very much! For me it's very important to connect something visually with science, history, language, etc. I think children will keep the knowledge more easily that way.

      Thanks for your visit and your kind comment!

      Have a great week!

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      toknowinfo 3 years ago

      Your ability to write, to explain an historic moment, and to teach a craft makes me admire you very much. Thanks for a wonderful, informative, and clever hub.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much for you visit and comment, JPSO138! I like to integrate art with other subjects; I find that it's a great way for kids to learn different subject; they can remember through a concrete project they made with their hands.

      Enjoy the rest of the week!

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      JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      What a great way to catch the attention. You surely is wise starting out with history and ending out with a guide on how to... Lessons learned history and art.... Great hub!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      That's OK, Anna! I know... I just finished a big project and I am quite behind HP myself. I am trying to catch up myself :-)

      Thank you for your visit and your kind comments! I think it's important to talk about those events to our children. The reason for me is that I don't want them to live through a war. I didn't live through that but my parents grew up during WWII and it leaves scars. I think peace brings more than war!

      Have a great day!

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Sorry Joelle I just noticed this one. I wish I had seen it before Remembrance Sunday. I will keep it in mind for next year as it is such a good way to show the importance and sacrifices of the past.

      Your article was great. History, poetry and then a brilliant craft project, which makes history that much easier to show the kids in an interactive and fun way. Voted way up.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much for your visit, your kind comments and the votes, Eddy! It's always nice to "see" you! Enjoy your weekend with Dai :-)

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Sorry I am a little late reading this Joelle but this didn't take anything away from it. Wonderful and voted up for sure. Here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here. Eddy.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much for kind comment, DzyMsLizzy! In Flanders Fields is beautiful poem indeed!

      It's nice that your dad could tell you about those wars. I heard stories through my parents (they were kids during the second world war) and also my parents in law. My mother-in-law had to eat tulip bulbs when there was nothing else to eat in Amsterdam.

      We brought our kids visit the Canadian National Vimy Memorial when they were adolescents; it's a beautiful sight. It's a big history lesson.

      They have ceremonies throughout Canada. There is always a big ceremony in Ottawa. I know that as a kid, growing up in Belgium we had ceremonies in each village. Even if there was no school, I remember that I attended the ceremony each year.

      Thank you for the vote and the pinning :-)

      Have a nice weekend!

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      What a wonderful explanation and tribute you've done here. That poem always brings tears to my eyes. My dad served in both World Wars; luckily lived to tell about it, as he never saw combat; his position was behind the lines.

      Here, in the USA, we do have formal celebrations. The President puts a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier, and many individual cities have their own local ceremonies and/or parades.

      I loved the egg-carton poppy idea! Though I no longer have young children, I'm sharing it for others.

      Voted up, beautiful and pinned.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your lovely comment and the votes, JessBraz. I also watched the ceremony in downtown Ottawa on TV. It's important to remember. I remember also that when I was a teacher, each class would create something special for that day and we would all be in the gymnasium to have a ceremony at 11:00 AM.

      What I like with the ceremony in Ottawa, it's that at the end, the people who attended and wish to do so can put their poppy pin on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It becomes a sea of red. Very beautiful!

      Thanks again for your kind comment and enjoy your afternoon!

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      JessBraz 3 years ago from Canada

      This is a very lovely hub. Voted up, useful & beautiful! :)

      I love how, true to your avatar, you included a way to incorporate a craft for kids into it. :) I really like the photos of the craft you included as well. I'm sure it takes more than enough work to take all those photos, while doing the craft itself. The work you put into that certainly adds to your hub. :)

      Remembrance Day has now passed, but I'm still wearing my poppy. I had the day off, and I spent the morning watching the ceremonies at the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa. It was wonderful to see how many people turned out for it... It's also surprising to me to learn that they don't have any kinds of ceremonies for veterans day in the United States. That's kind of a shame.

      Great job. Keep up the great work.

      Cheers.

      Jess.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Wouaw! Now I am as red as the poppy! Thank you very much for your very kind words, Crafty :-) In short, I really love to create and I try my best to find ways to help teachers to reach the kids through arts or crafts. It's nice also when I can recycle to create :-) Thank you very much again, Crafty! Enjoy the rest of the week!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Once again you have sincerely amazed me with your incredible talent for finding something to upcycle in crafts. Your Hub is extraordinary, but add to it the poppy craft and you have brilliance!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much for you visit, your kind words and the votes Devika! The poppies are simple but beautiful flowers with as you said vibrant colors! I loves those flowers :-)

      Have a great day!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Poppy Day Remembering incredible we have poppies in many places in the area and the color is vibrant. You always offer such creative ideas. You explained so well and a great finish indeed. I enjoyed learning more here about the Poppy so much I had no idea of. Voted up, awesome, beautiful, useful, and interesting.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Dear Faith, Thank you for your kind comments as always :-)

      Creating art or craft can be a powerful way to learn about other subjects I think. My grandfathers were both in WWII and one of them in the military. The other one was a prisoner in a work camp.... planting trees up side down (it's a true story). Anything and everything was fair game to sabotage the occupant! We have to be thankful for the sacrifice of those brave soldiers and also for our freedom and our rights of today.

      I love this beautiful poem. It's a very powerful one. When I go to Europe, I can't see a poppy without thinking about the poem and it's meaning... and I have to take pictures :-)

      God bless you and your family!

      Have a very nice week!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Joelle, such a beautifully written and informative hub. I, too, did not know of the significance of the Poppy and Veterans Day ... how lovely and powerful! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful way to honor all those who have served.

      That poem is certainly a beautiful one indeed, and thank you for sharing it here.

      What a wonderful craft project for all children to enjoy and to also learn from doing such, an important part of history.

      Up and more and sharing

      Blessings to you and yours,

      Faith Reaper

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much, Jodah! The poem 'In Flanders Fields' is a beautiful poem indeed, very powerful and the symbol of the poppies is just great but also so sad. The colour of the flower can represent the blood that was lost and the fragility of the flower itself represent how fragile and precious life is! There is a very nice French translation of this poem that we teach in French schools here in Canada.

      I agree with you that it's important to teach children about history and making it through an art project, it has I am sure a greater impact.

      Thanks for your vote and kind comments! Enjoy the rest of the day!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Joelle, This is a wonderful hub and very timely. In Australia we call the 11th November 'Remembrance Day', it also used to be 'Armistice Day' when I was young. I love the poem 'In Flanders Fields', written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae as well, and thanks for including it.

      It is also a great way to teach children about this history, by getting them to actually make their own poppies. Well done, voted up.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Wetnose! I must say that I was surprised myself when I arrived in Canada to see all these poppies pinned on coats my first year in Canada. There are ceremonies in every village in Belgium but no poppies! But I like that tradition because it reminds people of those terrible events and poppies were almost the only vegetation growing up on those fields after the war!

      Have a great Sunday!

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      I didn't realize the poppy signified the war. If I used my brain, I would have because I always see poppies on that day!

      Enjoyed the poppy craft too.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much, CareerMommy! I am glad if this might help you to have a craft time with your children! It's a way to create great memories too :-)

      Enjoy your weekend!

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Kidscrafts you always have great ideas for children. This is a great idea that my kids would love to do. I'm always looking for more crafts for them.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much for your kind comments and vote, Flourish!

      Educating children in the arts is essential to their creative development. Unfortunately, more and more funding for art programs is cut because it's considered a non-essential subject.

      I try to find affordable materials to enable teachers to enrich the lives of children through art. Art enable kids to learn about science, math, history, language, etc. and have fun at the same time.

      Have a great weekend :-)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Joelle - This was a gorgeous, well-written and important hub. I had no idea the significance of poppies and their connection to Veteran's Day. Very well done! Voted up +++ , sharing, pinning.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much, Bill! When I was a kid, we called that Armistice Day in Belgium. I don't remember people wearing a poppy for Remembrance Day. It's something that I learned in Canada. I don't know if you saw a lot of poppies in your travel in Italy but this year I saw some in Holland and Germany.

      Thanks for your kind comments, the vote and the share!

      Have a great weekend too :-)

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great job Joelle. I had no idea that Veterans Day was also referred to as Poppy Day. I learned something new today. What a great craft idea for kids. Voted up and shared. Have a great weekend.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your kind comment, Purl3Agony! I love poppies too. I can't see them and not take pictures :-) Those flowers are so special because so fragile; as soon as you cut them they wilt :-( I love the simplicity of that flower and the bright colors!

      Thanks for the vote! Have a beautiful weekend!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thanks for coming and leaving a comment, Joe! You are right, we have to remember so hopefully one day there will be no war anymore! I thought that creating a 3D poppy would help kids to remember better a little bit of history!

      Have a great weekend!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you, Bill. It's important to recognize and honor those who have served and children have to learn about the past. My husband and I had both relatives (grandparents, great grandparents, etc.) who had to fight to either world war I or world war in the Nertherlands and Belgium. We brought our children to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial Park and we visited different war cemeteries (American, Canadian and German).

      I thought that connecting the poppy with history was a logical choice.

      Thanks again for taking the time to visit! Enjoy your weekend!

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      Donna Herron 3 years ago from USA

      I love poppies and this is a great project - so meaningful and a wonderful way to honor those who have served. Voted up!!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Joelle, brilliant hub, very poignant! The least we can do is take the time to remember. Great idea for the poppy craft and a good way to get the children involve.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very nicely written. I thought this was a history lesson and then it morphed into a craft project. I love the way you wrote this my friend.