Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Poppy Day

Written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. He was inspired to write it on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier Alexis Helmer, who died in the Second Battle of Ypres. 

It was the poem’s popularity that led to the adoption of the Flanders’ Poppy as the Flower of Remembrance for the war dead of Britain, France, the United States, Australia, Canada and other Commonwealth countries.

We will remember them.



Cat said...

Thank you for sharing the origins of the Poppy as the Flower of Remembrance, Ronnie. Sending thanks for all who served and sacrificed.

Hugs and blessings...Cat

Roz said...

Such a lovely tribute Ronnie, joining you in grattitude and remembrance of the men and women who have served and continue to serve in our allied forces.


abby said...

It is wonderful to have a special day to thank all of men and women who serve their countries...we should take every chance to do so.
hugs abby

Ella said...

I love this poem, Ronnie. Thanks so much for turning it into a tribute to all that have served today. From childhood I remember the men selling the paper poppies on this day, but I never read the poem until a college course of English Literature. I have loved it ever since.

Hugs Across the Pond,

Hermione said...

A lovely poem, Ronnie. I read an article about John McCrae, and it seems he didn't die in a battle, as I had thought, but contracted pneumonia.


Anonymous said...

Thank you, ronnoe

DelFonte said...

Thank you for sharing. I didn't know the origin was from a poem. I'm hoping to get into Liverpool to see the poppy display there.

Red said...

A wonderful post. We join you in remembrance and gratitude to the men and women who have served, and continue to serve in our allied forces.

Leigh Smith said...

Thank you.

an English Rose said...

Thanks Ronnie, nice post
love Jan,xx

ronnie said...

Cat - It was my pleasure. Thank you.

Roz - Thank you.

Abby - I agree. I stood silently for two minutes at 11.00 to remember. Thanks.

Ella - Thank you. I love the poem well.

Hermione - I knew he hadn't died in battle but didn't he died of pneumonia. Thank you.

Anon - We should remember. Thank you for stopping by.

DF - I hope you manage to go. I wanted to get to the National Memorial Arboretum but couldn't make it. Thanks.

Red - And their families. Thank you.

SG - We should always remember. Thank you.

Jan - Thanks Jan.


Downunder Don said...

We will remember them

Ni Na said...

Hi Ronnie, thank you for the nice post.