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11/11/09

Lest We Forget

Today is Remembrance Day, also known as Veteran's Day or Armistice Day or even Poppy Day. The day that looks back to the moment the armistice that ended WW1 was signed, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. When that hour comes round again today, in a little over 2 1/2 hours from now, spare a thought.

The little symbolic poppy also comes from the First World War. It's said that the Flanders Poppy was the first flower to show itself after the initial battles had spilled blood there and the red colour was seen by those present as the blood of fallen comrades returning to the light. As they say where I grew up, "Wear Your Poppy With Pride."


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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.

Lt.-Col. John McCrae (1872 - 1918)