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Visit Flanders invites Australians and New Zealanders to plant a virtual poppy this Remembrance Day 11 November

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To coincide with Remembrance Day today, VISITFLANDERS is encouraging Australians and New Zealanders to plant a virtual poppy on its Worldwide Poppy Field.

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The app which is hosted on VISITFLANDERS’Flanders Fields 14-18 Facebook, allows members of the page to honour and commemorate one of the millions of lives claimed by the Great War.

Over 7,000 poppies have been planted globally so far on the app. Each virtual poppy tells the story, and pays respect, to a fallen soldier of the Great War. To plant a virtual poppy, the app will automatically assign the name of a soldier who passed during the war with users then selecting the poppy image they would like to use for their commemoration. Users can also honour a family member on the app by uploading their picture and story before planting a virtual poppy.

“This small but significant gesture will help ensure the Great War will never be forgotten. I urge everyone to take a few minutes out of their day this Wednesday to commemorate a fallen soldier by planting a virtual poppy,” said Lea Winkeler of VISITFLANDERS.

Lea adds: “Our hope is to have commemorated every one of the 17 million soldiers and civilians who died in WW1 by 2018. Our Worldwide Poppy Field is a truly global initiative that allows us to unite in remembering those who gave their lives for us in the Great War.”

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