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Between the Crosses, Row on Row: 100 Years of the Remembrance Poppy

November 2, 2021 - August 7, 2022

a field of poppies at dusk.

During the First World War, the horrors of trench warfare, poison gas and tanks wrought carnage never before seen. About 9 million military personnel and 20 million civilians lost their lives in The Great War.

The devastation of war created fertile ground for the Papaver rhoeas to take seed and grow. Poppy seeds can remain dormant in the soil for as long as 100 years. Trench digging, bombs, and mass cemeteries caused millions of poppies to bloom in the disrupted soil across Europe. The common poppy would become the symbol of wartime sacrifice and remembrance.

Beginning with Guelph-born Lt. Col. John McCrae’s 1915 poem “In Flanders Fields”, this exhibition tells the story of the poppy as it evolved to be an enduring symbol of remembrance in Canada and around the world.

Banner Image: https://www.discoveringbelgium.com/the-poppies-of-flanders/



November 2, 2021
August 7, 2022
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Guelph Civic Museum
52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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