11/09/2012 05:40 EST | Updated 01/09/2013 05:12 EST

Oshawa students form human poppy

Students at R.S. McLaughlin Collegiate in Oshawa came up with a novel way of marking Remembrance Day.

2012 is the school's 50th anniversary, so they decided to do something extra special.

The idea they came up with was to form a human poppy.

It took 10 minutes for 1,500 students to get into position but the planning took much, much longer.

The human poppy idea had been in the works since September.

School officials figure it took about 1,000 hours to plan and involved several departments, as well s teachers and students working together to get it all just right.

"It's just great to see students excited about Remembrance Day," said history teacher Dan Amenta.