[Blog Post] Red Poppies for Remembrance Day

[Blog Post] Red Poppies for Remembrance Day

Red poppies were among the first plants to spring up in the devastated battle fields of Northern France and Belgium, the sight of poppies on the battlefield at Ypres in 1915 moved Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae to write the poem "In Flanders fields" - recited below.

In Flanders fields

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.

John McCrae (1872–1918)

The Red Poppy has become a symbol of Remembrance, worn on Armistice Day and also ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand. Red Poppies also adorn the Roll of Honour at The War Memorial in Canberra. For detailed information from The Australian War Memorial, visit their page here.

We are proud to offer Red Poppy products in our online store for the centenary of Armistice Day in 2018 and also for ANZAC Day events.

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