Why Wear a Poppy

Synopsis: Short film dramatization of the poem 'Why Wear A Poppy' by Don Crawford. This film draws attention to the reason why we 'remember' our fallen veterans on Remembrance Day in Canada and why we wear a poppy in their honour. Our primary audience are young people who may not understand or have context why we must never forget.
Genre: Drama, Family, Short
6 min


[Indistinct chatter]

] Hey watch out!

] Move!


What is that?

Are you wearing

a flower?

Who's that?

] Hey that's mine!

] Did your mom

give you that?


I mean seriously,

look at this.

Come on,

it's not even real.


[Mrs Harrison:
] All right class,

please take your seats.

So today we are going to

continue where we left off

yesterday in our

history presentations.


according to this

next we have


So, David what are you going

to share with the class?


I brought a poppy because

it's one of the symbols

of Remembrance Day.

[Mrs Harrison:
] I noticed it

earlier on your jacket.

Can you show the class

what a poppy looks like?

] Oh Yeah!

Sure, Mrs. Harrison.


[Mrs Harrison:
] All right.

Settle down!

Wow David,

how very fitting.

Remembrance Day

is in a few days.

Now does

anybody know

why we wear poppies

on Remembrance Day?


I do.

And I'd like to share

a poem that explains why.

[Mrs Harrison:



(during the whole poem)]

] Please wear

a poppy, the lady said,

and held one forth,

but I shook my head.

Then I stopped and watched

as she offered them there,

and her face was old

and lined with care,

beneath the scars

the years had made,

there remained a smile

that refused to fade.

A boy came whistling

down the street,

bouncing along

on carefree feet.

His smile was full of joy

and fun.


may I have one?

When she pinned it on,

he turned to say:

why do we wear

a poppy today?

The lady smiled

in a wistful way

and answered:

] Today is

Remembrance Day.

That poppy

is a symbol

of the gallant men

who died in our war.

Because they did,

you and I are free.

That is why we wear a poppy,

you see.

I had a boy

about your size,

with golden hair


big, blue eyes.

He used to jump and play

and shout,

free as a bird,

he would

race about.

As time went on,

he learned

and grew,

and soon became a man,

as you will too.

He was fine

and strong,

with a boyish smile,

and seemed with us

such a little while.

When war broke out

he went away.

I still remember

his face that day.

When he smiled at me

and said Goodbye,

I'll be back soon,

so please don't cry.

All I could do

was wait

and pray.

His letters told

of the awful fight

I still remember it

in my dreams at night.

The tanks

the guns

the cruel barbed wire,

the mines,

the bullets,

the bombs,

the fire.

'Til at last,

the war was won

and that is why

we wear a poppy, son.


Thanks lady,

I'm glad to know.

That sure did sound

like an awful fight.

But your son

did he

come back all right?

A tear rolled down

each faded cheek,

she shook her head,

but didn't speak

I slunk away

in a sort of shame,

and if you were me,

you'd have done the same.

For our thanks, in giving,

is oft delayed,

though our freedom was bought

and thousands paid.

And so, when we see

a poppy worn,

let us reflect

on the burden borne

by those who gave

their very all

when asked to answer

their country's call.

That we in home

in peace

might live.

Then wear a poppy.


and Give.

[Music continues]

The End


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