This 2023 $20 fine silver Remembrance Day coin depicts a powerful moment at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario.
A Veteran lays a red poppy on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where many have already placed theirs as a show of respect. By involving his grandchild, he is helping to ensure that the traditions of Remembrance will be carried forward through the years by each new generation of Canadians.
The coin continues the tradition of honouring those who fought and sacrificed to preserve the rights and freedoms we enjoy today. It is also a tribute to the courage of those who continue to serve; of the consequences of war, and of our commitment to peace—lest we forget.
Did you know:
The poppy has been Canada’s Flower of Remembrance since 1921. During the First
World War, bombardments disrupted the soil in Flanders and created favourable conditions for Papaver rhoeas to appear on the battlefields, as described in the poem In Flanders Fields by John McCrae of Guelph, Ont. The poem was written in 1915 and later inspired the international campaign to make the poppy a symbol of remembrance.