100th Anniversary of the Poppy

Original Poppy
Publication Date 
10 Nov 2021

On this 100th anniversary of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance in Canada, it is fitting to recall the work of an Engineer. The story, James Melville, The man who brought the poppy to Canada, tell how Brigadier James Melville, a Royal Canadian Engineer veteran of two world wars and our first Colonel-Commandant, set up a workshop in Ottawa to employ disabled veterans. He got the manufacturing rights to the poppy symbol in the early 1920s so the lapel pins could be produced by those veterans.