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#392409 - 11/10/10 05:50 PM Remembrance Day
Amanda Syme Offline
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we are asked to pause in memory of the thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives in military service. At public gatherings around the world we will pay tribute with two minutes of silence for the fallen soldiers from the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Afghanistan conflict and peacekeeping missions. Also known as Veterans Day in the U.S., Remembrance Day was first held throughout the Commonwealth in 1919. It marks the armistice to end the First World War, which came into effect at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, a year earlier.

#392410 - 11/10/10 05:51 PM Re: Remembrance Day [Re: Amanda Syme]
Amanda Syme Offline
Why the poppy?

The association between the poppy and war dates back to the Napoleonic wars, when a writer saw a field of poppies growing over the graves of fallen soldiers.

During the Battle of Ypres in 1915, Canadian Lt.-Col. John McCrae was inspired to write the poem In Flanders Fields on sighting the poppies growing beside a grave of a close friend who had died in battle.

The poem was a great inspiration in adopting the poppy as the Flower of Remembrance in Canada, France, the U.S, Britain and Commonwealth countries.

The first poppies were distributed in Canada in 1921.

Today the volunteer donations from the distribution of millions of poppies is an important source of revenue for the Royal Canadian Legion, the Royal British Legion and other commonwealth nation's Legions that goes toward helping ex-servicemen and women buy food, and obtain shelter and medical attention.

#392411 - 11/10/10 05:53 PM Re: Remembrance Day [Re: Amanda Syme]
Amanda Syme Offline

You can see the original script at the link above.

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army
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.


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