ResearchTV is teaming up with the Department of History at Lakehead University and the Friends of the Finnish Labor Temple to host a free live Remembrance Day event.
THUNDER BAY – A Remembrance Day live broadcast event will take place on Thursday in honor of the Poppy 100th anniversary.
ResearchTV is teaming up with the Department of History at Lakehead University and the Friends of the Finnish Labor Temple to host a free Remembrance Day live broadcast event on Thursday evening.
Particular attention will be paid to Anna Guèrin, “La Dame au Coquelicot de France”, who helped introduce the poppy as a symbol of remembrance in 1921 at the Prince Arthur Hotel.
“Now, throughout the Commonwealth, veterans associations and legions have used the poppy as a fundraising tool,” said Kelly Saxberg, ResearchTV and Friends of the Finnish Labor Temple.
“She had started much earlier in WWI because she’s from France and she’s been back and forth during the war and she saw devastation, widows and orphans, and wounded veterans, so, she wanted to raise money so that people would be able to support these people after the war.
The event will feature a recording of the 100th anniversary of the poppy event which took place in July 2021 and culminated with the unveiling of the plaque at the Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel, with speeches by MP Patty Hajdu, MP Provincial Michael Gravelle and Mayor Bill Mauro.
The docudrama “Where the Poppies Grow – The Lakehead at War” will air at the event, followed by a presentation by Dr. Nathan Hatton on Elizabeth Smellie, “Canada’s Florence Nightingale”, followed by a presentation by Dr. Ron Harpelle on his latest film “The Sniper / The Sniper – Patrick Riel.
The event will also include talks with Anna Guèrin’s granddaughter, Ms. Sylvie Thouard, Mr. Claude Vigoureux, the Director of the Office of Veterans Affairs and War Victims, who has just completed a short biography of Anna Guèrin, the mayor Guy Massot of Vallon Pont D’arc, birthplace of Guèrin, and with the artist Pascal Boillet.
The live broadcast will end with a ceremony to unveil a plaque in memory of Anna Guèrin d’Aubigny-sur-Nère.
The free virtual event will begin on November 11 at 10:30 am and will be webcast on the event page of https://www.researchtvcanada.ca/