In Flanders fields the poppies blow…
Remembrance Day 2015
Published: 6th November 2015
Across the Commonwealth we stand together to remember the lives of fallen soldiers, to commemorate their service to us all, and to show our ongoing gratitude to those servicemen and women who continue to put everything on the line in the name of freedom.
The laying of the wreaths at the Cenotaph this Sunday will once again commemorate the contribution of those from Britain and the Commonwealth during the two world wars and later conflicts. For many, there remain the stories from past generations of life during these engagements. The reality of life during these periods is hard to comprehend for many students and it is not until they get to experience walking in the trenches, see archive footage and have the opportunity to interact with a veteran that they can begin to understand the severe impact of these events at a national and local level. It is important the stories of these heroes live on and are remembered whether it is through silence or by adorning your chest with the Flanders Poppy.
2015 also marks 100 years since Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae’s notable work, In Flanders Fields. Inspired by the falling of a comrade in the Second Battle of Ypres, the words of McCrae went on to be used in propaganda material. This was most notable in the raising of money for the war effort through the sale of war bonds.
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
The reference to poppies growing over the graves of fallen soldiers within the poem In Flanders Fields also led to the red flower becoming the internationally recognised symbol for soldiers lost to the consequences of conflict. Used in remembrance since 1921, the poppy continues to lead the appeal for donations to support current and former British servicemen and women through treatment and personal care.
Though we enter a period of reflection recognised each year, the memories of these international conflicts live on each day. With history continuing to be made and souls lifted up…lest we forget.
By Tim Jenkins