10/30/2012 03:59 EDT | Updated 12/30/2012 05:12 EST

McDonald's Workers In Alberta Can Now Wear Poppies To Honour Canada's War Veterans

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. - Employees at a McDonald's in southern Alberta say they're loving that they can now wear poppies for Remembrance Day.

Last year, workers at the fast-food restaurant in Lethbridge complained that they couldn't wear the pins while working.

At the time, McDonald's Canada said the straight pins posed a potential serious safety hazard in food preparation areas.

The company now says it's piloting the use of a pin holder that allows front-line employees to securely wear poppies in support of Canada's veterans.

McDonald's Canada says it worked closely with the Royal Canadian Legion to find a workable solution.

The company said in a news release that Remembrance Day means a lot to its workers and it wanted to find a way to honour war veterans.

“We were committed to finding a solution that would reduce the food safety risk while maintaining the integrity of the poppy,” said Richard Ellis, senior vice-president of communications and public affairs at McDonald’s Canada.

“Remembrance Day means a great deal to our employees and to the communities we serve all across Canada. We feel this small but significant evolution reflects the importance of showing our heartfelt gratitude to our veterans.”

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