A Morning Selling Poppies (11
"Poppies should always be red. The blessings bestowed on our
country are overflowing. But if you reach down into our history,
also overflowing is the blood of millions of our ancestors and those
in recent wars - profusely and thickly and deeply - the earth is
socked in the blood of the slain. This Remembrance Sunday, when we
stand silent, we will remember those who died, sacrificed and never
came home, and those left behind. I hope we never stop wearing our
The Poppies Should Always Be Red
(09 November 2018)
"As I waited for the lift, I stared at the Poppy display
table next to it. It looked so serene and peaceful, with red poppies
strewn over a white cloth, a poppy wreath and a small cross. A
simple yet beautiful homage to deep sacrifice and terrible
Remembrance Day: The Story of the Poppy (06 November
"Much of the fighting in the
First World War took place in the once peaceful and beautiful
countryside of Western Europe. Landscapes, villages and lives were
destroyed - torn to pieces by the shelling which took place over the
four years of conflict. The once beautiful countryside was
transformed into bleak and barren fields of mud where no sign of
life could be found. But, it was in one such seemingly-lifeless
field that bright red 'Flanders' poppies, surprisingly resilient for
their delicate appearance, began to grow..."
Explanation of Poppies and Remembrance (04 November
Viewer's comment: "Very
informative and should be relevant to everyone"
We Shall Not Sleep Though Poppies Grow in Flanders Fields
(11 November 2011)
"The 11th November marks the end
of the Great War that ended at 11am 11/11/1918, specifically known
as Armistice Day. Remembrance day, an alternative name since 1919,
holds a 2 minute silence on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of
the eleventh month for remembering and reflecting upon the courage
and the pure selflessness of [the soldiers'] actions. The
significance of the poppy, as it traditionally worn, marks our
respect for these heroes who have fought and for those who have lost
their lives in the Great War in order to make us free..."
(by Lawrence A. Foxen. No Date)
"'In Flanders fields, the poppies
grow', Those famous words that we all know. But
through the year and in November, Do we truly all
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders Fields (Page Last Edited 01 November 2018)
"John McCrae was inspired to
write [his poem] on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of
friend and fellow soldier Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, who died in the
Second Battle of Ypres ... Its references to the red poppies that
grew over the graves of fallen soldiers resulted in the remembrance
poppy becoming one of the world's most recognised memorial symbols
for soldiers who have died in conflict..."
"This know also, that
in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers
of their own selves ... proud ... disobedient to parents,
unthankful, unholy, without natural affection ... fierce, despisers
of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of
pleasure more than lovers of God ... ever learning, and never able
to come to the knowledge of the truth ... their folly shall be
manifest unto all men" (2 Timothy 3:1-4,7,9)
Our Pride in the Poppy (15
"What has really stuck with me through the years were the
ages of the fallen, they were all so young, they never had a life.
Yet modern youth ... who have never done anything but whine, feel
able to condemn a single moment in a year when we can remember the
sacrifice of those that gave us our today" / "We remember those who
gave their lives for us because (1) It is the right thing to do, (2)
It stops us repeating the mistakes of the past. These spoilt and
delicate children have no idea what is the right thing to do and no
idea what they are destroying and thus what they are creating for
the future" / "May we never break faith. The young don't know there
are things worth dying for."
The Poppy Doesn't Glorify War, You Cambridge Snowflakes. It
Recognises Our Debt to the Fallen
(14 October 2018)
"There is no glorification of the horror of war in
Remembrance Sunday. Wearing a poppy doesn't, to use that horrible
neologism, 'valorise' anything. We are simply acknowledging a debt
... That we live in a free and democratic country is something we
owe to all of them, and we recognise this through acts of collective
remembrance. It's difficult to believe this needs restating to
anyone, let alone to the privileged elites who attend institutions
such as Cambridge University, but it seems it does..."
"Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks.
Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools.
And their grandchildren are once more slaves."
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Canadian Army (1872-1918)
"[T]he foe of which John McCrae
wrote were not the people in the opposite trenches.
The foe were tyranny and dictatorship ... our soldiers knew this ...
Yes, we have indeed dropped the torch! Yes, we have indeed broken
faith with those who died and lie in Flanders Fields! ...
and yes, we will have to bear the
consequences in the years to come..."
thing there is a
season, and a time to
every purpose under the
A time to be born, and a
time to die; a time to
plant, and a time to
that which is
A time to kill, and a
time to heal; a time to
break down, and a time
to build up;
A time to weep, and a
time to laugh; a time to
mourn, and a time to
A time to cast away
stones, and a time to
gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a
time to refrain from
A time to get, and a
time to lose; a time to
keep, and a time to cast
A time to rend, and a
time to sew; a time to
keep silence, and a time
A time to love, and a
time to hate; a time of
war, and a time of
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