There are plenty of great ways to commemorate people who fought for Canada on Remembrance Day. These can include attending memorial ceremonies, volunteering at your local Legion, or even just proudly displaying a poppy for the month of November. One Winnipeg woman took inspiration from England, and set out to make a Remembrance Day poppy blanket.

This isn't just any old blanket, though. The project, which was over a year in the making, has resulted in an 85-foot blanket made of over 8000 knitted and crocheted poppies.

Sheilah Lee Restall, the Winnipeg woman who spearheaded the project, was inspired to do so after seeing a Reddit post about a similar blanket made in England.

The blanket is made of handmade poppies that are sewn, knitted, or crocheted by volunteers. Each one is unique, which is an important part of what the blanket represents.

"I wanted all the poppies to be individual," Lee Restall said at the blanket's City Hall unveiling, according to the Winnipeg Free Press, "so that when you look at it, you do not see a sea of red, but rather are reminded of the individuals who fell and the individuals who came home."

Mayor Brian Bowman attended the unveiling. City Councillor Devi Sharma, who volunteered her office as a drop off point for the handmade poppies, was also present at the blanket's unveiling. 

"So touching to see the finished #PoppyBlanket shared at City Hall with @Mayor_Bowman and fellow Councillors. Each poppy was created with the intent to remember someone who served in the military, whether in times of war or in peace. #LestWeForget," Sharma wrote on Twitter.

The monumental blanket, which also includes ribbons naming Winnipeg soldiers who died in the first World War, will be shown at a November 10 Winnipeg Jets game this afternoon.

On November 11, the blanket will be presented at the Joint Veterans Association Remembrance Day Ceremony taking place at the RBC Convention Centre. After that, the blanket will be given a permanent home to be determined later.

This year's Remembrance Day has already had some controversies. Don Cherry faced backlash after saying immigrants should wear poppies. There were also several poppy box thefts across the country.

However, there were still some heartfelt moments, such as purple poppies being made to remember animals who were lost in war.


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