Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. This day, or alternative dates, are also recognized as special days for war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the official end of World War I on that date in 1918.
We’re all familiar with the poppy as a symbol of remembrance for the fallen soldiers from the two world wars. But there’s a reason it’s the poppy we use. During the First World War some of the bloodiest, most brutal fighting took place at Flanders in Belgium. Where there were once farms, homes and businesses, after the fierce battles little was left but fields of mud and the bodies of the fallen troops.
Once the warmer weather came around poppies began to grow and they did this each year. Their colour and life stretching over one of the worst battle sites became a symbol of hope for many people.
In 1915 John McCrae, a Canadian doctor serving in the war, wrote a poem called ‘In Flanders Fields’ all about the poppy and the war. The first line depicts poppies blowing in the wind among the crosses. The poem was eventually published and the poppy became an official symbol of hope and remembrance.
The reason we wear a poppy came from another poem, written in 1918 by an American called Moira Michael. In ‘We Shall Keep the Faith’ she wrote about how she would wear a poppy ‘in honour of the dead’.
The first poppy day was held in Britain on November 11th 1921 and was a national success. Every November since then we have worn poppies to remember those who fought for our country. The date of November 11th was chosen because most major hostilities during the First World War ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. This is also why we honour them with a few minutes silence at 11am on Remembrance Day.
Each year the nation expresses its unequivocal support for The Royal British Legion’s charity work through the Poppy Appeal, emphasising the need to help all generations of the Armed Forces and their families – today and for the rest of their lives. See more about the appeal at http://www.poppy.org.uk/
Drake Algar are providing a number of wreaths and flowers for people supporting the cause and remembering the troops and family members that may have been a part on the war. Lords have purchased a beautiful wreath from our shop at 1b St Johns Wood High Street. Wreaths are also available from the British Legion website http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/remembrance/wreaths
The Royal British Legion’s Never Forget Tribute Fund allows you to create a permanent tribute to a loved one.
- With an online tribute page, you can celebrate your loved one’s life with personal messages and photographs.
- Friends and family will be able to leave their own messages and contributions to your tribute too.
- Anyone who donates will get an automated thank you which you are able to customise.
- Friends and family can organise their own fundraising events in your loved ones memory.
- Your tribute page can accept tax-efficient secure donations from anywhere in the world.