10 November 2008

Remembrance Day................




The poppy worn on Remembrance Day is the red-corn poppy, which grows abundantly in Europe, including Flanders Fields. 'In Flanders Fields' is a poem, written by Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae in 1915, and was written about one of the only plants that grew on the battlefield. The corn poppy thrives in disturbed soil, which was abundant on the battlefield due to intensive shelling. During the few weeks the plant blossomed, the battlefield was coloured blood red.



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16 comments:

  1. Happy Rememberance Day! A nice poem...

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. Thank you. I didn't know any of that.

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  3. Once again you have brought back memories from my childhood. That poem is one we all memorized and the poppy sales were everywhere.

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  4. I'd never heard this before. Happy Remembrance Day

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  5. i'll never forget the poppies we used to buy at shcool with a small donation, to wear on our school uniforms in new zealand. once i came to greece, i missed this paper poppy very much, as it is not included in the greek customs.

    i still get very nostalgic whenever i see someone wearing the red poppy; it brings back memories of ANZAC day, a NZ and Australian day of remembrance of the loss of life in war times. the red poppy was so silent in its remembrance - one look and you knew the meaning, so different to the way greece commemorates these events, something i can never 'get into', not even now that my children are at school and are learning to commemorate these events a la greece...

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  6. I watched the ceremony in Ottawa. Very touching.

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  7. I keep a small shrine that I call "Tribute to a Fallen Soldier" in my home. It has an old tin print of a cavalryman surrounded by poppy pods.

    Being the daughter of two veterans, Veterans Day has a meaning to me other than getting no mail or the banks being closed.

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  8. A wonderful post. Thanks Val.
    I love that poppy. Couple of years ago in London, I found some tea towels with the Flanders Fields poem and the poppy all over it.

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  9. Nice poem, and I've never heard of it before, so thanks for sharing it!

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  10. Good post Val, Im with you in this
    Remembrance day! xxGloria

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  11. Really a great post Val. I was especially moved this year by the number of young people commemerating the loss of soldiers during the war. Their memory lives on.

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  12. Wonderful post val - we must not forget our fallen soldiers during the war. Their memory must live on forever.

    Rosie x

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