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Newsletter #203, November 4, 2010

Royal Canadian Mint opens a Granville Street Boutique

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The Royal Canadian Mint is returning to downtown Vancouver to launch a temporary boutique on Granville street between Geargia and Robson. The focus of the displays is Olympic products without the medals.

Located at 752 Granville, The store opened today and will close February 13, 2011, the first anniversary of the opening of the Games.

Hours of opeation are:

Monday to Wednesday: 10 am to 8 pm.
Thursday and Friday: 10 am to 9 pm.
Saturday: 9 am to 6 pm.
Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm.

Hoodies, hats, mittens are a nice touch as well as a rack of Canadian treats such as Polar Bear Droppings (chocolate coated cashews). All sorts of things for holiday shopping.
The other thing going on in the store was a coin exchange, you cam exchange your quarter for one of the new painted poppy coin of remembrance.
The poppy became a profound symbol of wartime remembrance in many countries shortly after WWI.

The association of the poppy to those killed in the war, however, dates back to the Napoleonic wars in the 19th Century, during which time the red flower suddenly bloomed in war-torn fields where countless soldiers had died.

The reason this phenomenon was seen as mysterious is because the poppies bloomed in fields where the land had long been barren, as was the case in Flanders Fields, France in WWI. During the war, bombs, artillery shells, and shrapnel upturned the soil exposing dormant corn poppy seeds – a common weed in grain fields across Europe – to the light it needed to grow. The blood-red flowers painted an almost incredulous scene as they swayed over the graves of fallen soldiers.

In 1915, Canadian doctor and soldier John McCrae recorded this phenomenon in his famous poem In Flanders Fields, immortalizing the symbol of the poppy.

His poem inspired a series of events that led to the adoption of handmade poppies to be worn in memory of those who fell in the war and to raise money for veterans and their families.

Today, people from all parts of Canada choose to display their collective reminiscence and remember the sacrifices of fallen heroes by wearing a poppy on Remembrance Day.

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All Nations Acquires Steveston Stamps

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