Thursday, November 10, 2011

Poppies for Remembrance Day

I saw my friend wearing poppy; I thought it was just decoration only to found out that it symbolizes something…

Poppies are worn during Remembrance Day, celebrated every 11th day of November. On that day, Canadian remember the members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty since the First World War. The poppy flower became popular symbol for soldiers who died in battle after John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields”.

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In Flanders Fields

by John MsCrae

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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