In the lead-up to Remembrance Day, Soldiers’ Tower at Hart House was open to visitors. I was pleasantly surprised that the first thing one sees on entering the tower is a series of stained glass windows about Canadian women in the Second World War.
Just the day before, acquaintances visiting Toronto from the States had been asking about the origin of the poppy symbol. While I’d known that the author of “In Flanders Fields” was Canadian, it was only on visiting Soldier’s Tower that I found out that John McCrae was a U of T — and University College — student.
If you’re interested in reading about Canadians in World War I, World War II, or the war in Afghanistan, you might want to have a look at the display outside Laidlaw Library, “Canadians at War,” showcasing books recently acquired by the library.