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Remembrance Day


photo courtesy of thesundaytimes.co.uk

photo courtesy of thesundaytimes.co.uk

I’m reposting this photo of the Heavy Horse sculpture near Glasgow, which I used last year at this time, because I think it’s a very powerful image.  I don’t know if it’s wearing a poppy this year, because I flew to visit my mum at the end of October rather than driving, so didn’t pass it on the road.

Have you ever wondered why we wear poppies on Remembrance Day?  Poppies began to be used after the First World War, as a symbol of the huge sacrifice made by so many men.  It was noticed that, after the devastation of battle, poppies grew in the fields in much greater numbers than before.  The red poppies, which don’t have a long life, were a perfect symbol of the blood that was spilled, and the short lives of the many young men who fought.

John McCrae, a Canadian medical officer attached to the 1st Field Artillery Brigade, wrote this poem based on his dreadful first-hand experiences.

In Flanders Field by John McCrae, May 1915

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.

badminton poppy field

(Photo credit: shrinkin’violet)


2 thoughts on “Remembrance Day

  1. On our battlefield tour in September we went to the place where John McCrae wrote his poem. There is a lovely memorial to him there.

  2. Good thoughts and good way to remember!
    Indeed, flowers and plants grows for reasons ! I did not Know the popies’ aim!
    Sometimes we spend most of Our Time thinking of Our mission on earth, some had/have nô choices And an important but brièf one!
    So Many lives lost and broken! But yes à hudge Thank you the one that protected and fought for Our freedom!
    Now is à Time we Still néed to remember and resist the gros inf. racial and antisémitisme discrimination and hatery!

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