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Royal Canadian Legion releases digital version of the Remembrance Day poppy

A cadet holds a tablet showing the digital poppy during a ceremony marking the start of the Canadian Legion's Remembrance Day poppies at the Beechwood National Memorial centre Monday, October 22, 2018 in Ottawa.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
October 26, 2018 - 11:30 AM

OTTAWA - The Remembrance Day poppy has entered the digital age.

The Royal Canadian Legion launched a digital version of the distinctive red flower, which it says can be customized, shared online and used as a profile image on sites including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

They are available for an online donation at until Nov. 11 and are meant to complement the traditional lapel poppy, typically available at cafe and convenience store cash registers alongside a donation box.

The Royal Canadian Legion's deputy director says he hopes a digital version will appeal to younger generations accustomed to communicating on social media.

Danny Martin says it's also meant to address our "increasingly cashless society," and make poppies available in parts of Canada where they may be difficult to find.

The bright red poppies are meant to be worn from the last Friday of October until midnight, Nov. 11. Martin says new versions of the lapel poppy come with a butterfly clasp to better secure it in place.

The online version produces an image that looks like a silver coin with a red poppy at the centre. The words "Remembrance Day 2018" run along the top edge, while the bottom edge can be customized to display the name of a veteran or someone in service. Otherwise, the words "We Remember" will appear.

Publicity material for the digital poppy featured endorsements by celebrity Canadians including Margaret Atwood, Ashley Callingbull and Don Cherry, who dedicated his poppy to his great uncle, Sgt. Thomas William MacKenzie. He died in battle four days before Armistice Day in 1918.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2018
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