Some folks on Gabriola have a novel idea to honour their community's war dead: plant Flanders poppies all over the Island. Next year will mark 100 years since the First World War began in 1914.
Since then, aided by the efforts of the Royal Canadian Legion, the poppy has become a quickly recognized symbol of remembrance.
Gabriolans like Janet Dobbs want to see real poppies to honour the century passed since that fateful moment in our history.
"It's just to bring awareness if the sacrifice, sort of a living, breathing representation," she said.
Dobbs' interest was piqued when she was approached by resident Paul Champion, who had the idea to distribute poppy seeds throughout the community.
"The pioneers in the past from Gabriola did serve in both World Wars," said Dobbs.
The plan is still in the early stages and Dobbs and Champion are inquiring about partners who could help distribute the seeds to Islanders. Their goal is to have the poppies ready for 2014's remembrance ceremonies.
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