Have you planted your poppy yet?
Even though Remembrance Day is over, the sacrifices it commemorates last for an eternity. That’s why tourist office Visit Flanders came up with a unique way to honour the lives lost in the Great War. By capitalizing on the massive reach of the internet, they’ve turned the entire world into a virtual poppy field. Now people from anywhere and everywhere are being invited to help make it grow by planting virtual flowers on its worldwide map, to commemorate the soldiers who never came back home.
Each poppy planted will represent one life, and the goal is to have one flower for every single casualty in an effort to ensure that those sacrifices are never forgotten. If you wish to participate, you can either plant a poppy on behalf of someone the program chooses for you (it includes a small profile of who the person was), or you can plant one in honour of a family member.
While the map shows that a significant number of Canadian soldiers have already been recognized, it doesn’t come close to the 60,000 our country sacrificed in total. We still have some work to do if we want to meet the project’s goal of recognizing every single serviceman by 2018 — 100 years after the end of the war.
And after a whole century, it’s definitely fair to say we owe those heroes the recognition they deserve. So even if the poppy you bought has already fallen off your jacket, these ones are forever.
Lest we forget.