Just a few random thoughts and pictures

Cheating slightly…

I actually posted this last year, but to be honest, I’ve yet to come up with a better thing to post for today, so…

“I’ve seen a few comments around the web in the last couple of days, and had a few questions directed my own way too, from those outside the UK, asking “So what’s with the poppies exactly?”

Then I noticed that one of my Twitter/lj friends was using a Youtube video to help explain it. Since most of my readers are DW fans anyway I thought I’d share the clip too…”

Remembrance Day is observed in a number of countries on 11 November, to recall the official end of World War I on that date in 1918, as the major hostilities of World War I were formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice. If anyone would like a more detailed explanation, you can find a wiki article covering it here.

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.


November 11, 2011 - Posted by | Random Thoughts |

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