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University of Toronto students create poppy banner to honour veterans

Kevin Frankish and News Staff | posted Wednesday, Nov 11th, 2015

University of Toronto engineering students have created a banner made entirely of poppies to honour Canada’s veterans.

The banner, reading “U of T Remembers,” was erected Wednesday morning at College Street and King’s College Road.

The students spent all night cutting poppies out of felt before affixing them to the white banner.

“The installation commemorates Remembrance Day,” student Kim Ren said.

“Even though we weren’t alive, we’re still reaping the benefits of fellow Canadians who did sacrifice their lives so we can live the way we do now, so we could go to school and do fun things like this.”

Roughly 70 per cent of the U of T campus was used by the military in the First World War, including as a training ground for pilots. The university also has a Soldiers’ Tower, which serves as a memorial to alumni who were killed in the two World Wars.

University of Toronto students created a banner made of felt poppies to honour veterans on Nov. 11, 2015. CITYNEWS/Kevin Frankish.
University of Toronto students created a banner made of felt poppies to honour veterans on Nov. 11, 2015. CITYNEWS/Kevin Frankish.
University of Toronto students created a banner made of felt poppies to honour veterans on Nov. 11, 2015. CITYNEWS/Kevin Frankish.
University of Toronto students created a banner made of felt poppies to honour veterans on Nov. 11, 2015. CITYNEWS/Kevin Frankish.
University of Toronto students created a banner made of felt poppies to honour veterans on Nov. 11, 2015. CITYNEWS/Kevin Frankish.
University of Toronto students created a banner made of felt poppies to honour veterans on Nov. 11, 2015. CITYNEWS/Kevin Frankish.
University of Toronto students created a banner made of felt poppies to honour veterans on Nov. 11, 2015. CITYNEWS/Kevin Frankish.
University of Toronto students created a banner made of felt poppies to honour veterans on Nov. 11, 2015. CITYNEWS/Kevin Frankish.
University of Toronto students created a banner made of felt poppies to honour veterans on Nov. 11, 2015. CITYNEWS/Kevin Frankish.
University of Toronto students created a banner made of felt poppies to honour veterans on Nov. 11, 2015. CITYNEWS/Kevin Frankish.
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