OpenFile's Toronto Poppy map lets you see where the fallen lived
OpenFile.ca has a great Remembrance Day package that includes a fascinating Google map with little poppies marking the home addresses of Canadian soldiers who died in the Second World War. The map was made by Google Maps whiz Patrick Cain.
Click on the poppies and you learn the soldiers' names, addresses and, usually, where they died and something about the circumstances.
Few things bring home the unbelievable sacrifice of a soldier, for themselves and all those who care for them, than a line of poppies on your little street. Clicking on each one makes you imagine the grief that engulfed the homes you walk past every day.
To my long-ago neighbours Warrant Officer Norman Gordon Marler and Flying Officer Edmund Bruce Carleton, and their families, thanks so much. And thanks to a 21st century map, you haven't been forgotten.