11/11/19

At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month – we will remember them.

Today marks 101 years since the First World War ended. Yesterday we united in commemorating remembrance Sunday.

A nation came together to remember the men and women who gave their life for their country.

In Flanders Fields

BY JOHN MCCRAE

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

    That mark our place; and in the sky

    The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,

        In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

    The torch; be yours to hold it high.

    If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

        In Flanders fields.

 

What is armistice? 

An Armistice is a formal agreement of warring parties to stop fighting. Armistice in Latin means “to come to a stand”

Poppies

Poppies are worn in a show of support for the armed forces, veterans and their families.  During WW1 fields were turned to Mud, where little could grow due to the country side being blasted and repeatedly fought over. With the fields of mud, there were bright red Flanders Poppies which flourished and grew in thousands despite the chaos around. In 1915 John McCrae was inspired by the poppies which lead him to write the famous poem “In Flanders Field”.

The poppy was later adopted by Miona Michael an American Academic as a symbol of remembrance. Michael campaigned to get this adopted as the official Remembrance symbol in the United States. Michael worked with people who were trying to do the same in Canada, Australia dn the UK.  In 1921 Anna Guerin was in the UK and planned to sell poppies to London. During this time she met Earl Haid, founder of the Royal British Legion who adopted the poppy as an emblem for the Legion in the UK. On November 11th that year 9 million poppies were sold. This was the first “Poppy Appeal” and raised over £106,000.

To date the “Poppy Appeal” is held each November and supports those in need with the Armed Forces community; service and ex-service personnel and their families. https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/ways-to-give/poppy-appeal

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