Remembrance Day is a memorial remembering all the soldiers who died in the First World War. It was inaugurated by King George V in 1919 on November, 11, a date of signing the 1918 armistice. In the UK it is known as the Poppy Day and many people wear for the entire month of November a simple poppy pinned to the lapels of their coats as a sign of remembrance and respect for veterans. We’re joining in the observance of this day presenting you most beautiful poppy paintings:
Many fields in Flanders, which in World War I had become sites of most atrocious battles, the summer after the hostilities turned bright red. Although red poppies had grown there before the war, the springing up flowers quickly became a new peaceful symbol for all the blood spilled in the war.
A poppy poem
The custom of wearing a red poppy originated in the United States when a university professor from the University of Georgia Moina Micheal, swore to wear a red poppy after she had read a poem by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae called “In Flanders Fields”. In the UK, poppies were worn the first time in 1921 during the official anniversary services.
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.
A white Poppy Alternative
A controversy arose around a red poppy which according to some became a symbol for British isolationism since the red poppy remembered only British soldiers. Pacifists and faith organisations advocated the use of white poppy instead which would stand for casualties of all wars. First conceived by the Co-operative Women’s Guild in 1933, white poppies, with the added meaning of a hope for the end of all wars, were frequently worn by the widows and children of dead soldiers.
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