Remembrance Day

The Brits are celebrating Remembrance Day today, which is much like our Veteran’s Day. Most of the rest of the British Commonwealth celebrate it on November 11th. It’s also called Armistice Day, Veterans Day, and Poppy Day. I find the Poppy’s particularly interesting.

The poppy’s significance to Remembrance Day is a result of Canadian military physician John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields. The poppy emblem was chosen because of the poppies that bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their red colour an appropriate symbol for the bloodshed of trench warfare. A Frenchwoman, Anna E. Guérin, introduced the widely used artificial poppies given out today. Some people choose to wear white poppies, which emphasizes a desire for peaceful alternatives to military action.

The Royal Canadian Legion suggests that poppies be worn on the left lapel, or as close to the heart as possible

Veterans Day is shortly upon us and while you are remembering our own brave warriors please take a moment to remember those of our friends and allies.

God bless them.


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  1. Some of the most gorgeous choral music in the world has been set to that text.

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