This blog entry is dedicated to the soldiers who died in battle and those veterans who have served their country, as well as those who are currently serving.
Some people ask why the Poppy is worn in the days leading up to Remembrance Day. The person who was responsible more than any other for the adoption of the Poppy as a symbol of Remembrance in Canada and other countries in the Commonwealth was Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, who was a Canadian Medical Officer during the First World War. Through McCrae’s words “In Flanders Fields”, the scarlet Poppy quickly became the symbol for soldiers who died in battle.
What many people do not know is that an American teacher (Moina Michael), was the first person to wear a red poppy of Flanders Fields as a sign of remembrance and as an emblem for keeping the faith with all who died. This came after she read read John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields” in November of 1918. It was not until July 5, 1921 that the Great War Veterans’ Association in Canada (the predecessor of The Royal Canadian Legion) officially adopted the Poppy as its Flower of Remembrance.
IN FLANDERS FIELDS
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.
We encourage our followers to take a moment of silence on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day or the eleventh month, to remember and contemplate the men and women who laid down their lives in the defense of their country.
As November 11th is Remembrance day in Canada as well as being Veterans day in the USA, take the time to thank a veteran as well as solders who are currently serving in the Armed Forces.