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What signifies poppy on Remembrance Day

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Lest we forget!


Written in the memory of a close friend Alexis Helmer who died under German shelling during the First World War in 1915, the poem 'In The Flanders Field' soon became popular. But what the later days observed that it also became a symbol of remembering our lost souls. Poppy became the symbol of remembering them and poppy is what we wear on November 11th.

However, before even the poem was written, poppy was known to be a symbol of dead remembrance. Canada has lost more than a 100,000 souls during first and second world wars. Though we are not in war any longer, but we continue to serve our nation and we continue to loose our people amidst the warlike situations in Africa and Asia. We tend to send our troops to bring peace in the world. But in return we lose more of our soldiers. On any given day, we are either sending or receiving 8,000 of our men from the combined Canadian forces to international borders and international missions.

Everyday, we get anxious as to what fares our men and everyday we pray that may God return them to us living and healthy. May God never let us mourn our loved ones.

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae


In The Flanders Field by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae (1915)

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.

Flanders Field American Cemetery and Memorial

Flanders Field American Cemetery and Memorial

Where is Flanders Field?

Between Belgium and NW France, Flander Field lies in the County of Flanders. Poppies started growing in the field right after the 411 burials of our fallen soldiers in WW1. This is the significance of poppy. That it grew at the burial ground. That is commemorates and remembers our fallen soldiers.

Observing Remembrance Day

November 11th is statutory holiday in Canada except Newfoundland, Ontario, Quebec and North West Territories. Why is this not a national holiday in Canada? This is a debatable question. While other provinces observe this day with remembrance and respect, these four provinces and territories do not. However, once good does come out of Remembrance Day not a statutory holiday in these places. People do come to work, wear poppies to remember their fallen men, children do go to school to discuss what, when and where - and not sit in front of TV all day long just like many other people where it is a statutory holiday.

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At present our troops are making peace in.....

  • Americas and Caribbean
  • Africa
  • Europe, Balkans and Mediterranean
  • Southwest Asia and Middle East

Lest not we forget them

Help us to remember our soldiers as they guard our front and others too, bringing peace to the world and at our homes. God bless them all1


Fatiha (author) from CALGARY on November 10, 2013:

Thank you

Fatiha (author) from CALGARY on November 10, 2013:

Thank you for the comments. We must remember them in our prayers and share our thoughts as much as possible.

anndango on November 10, 2013:

We used to have to memorize In Flanders Fields when I was in grade school. I don't know if students do anymore which is a shame. Thanks for reminding everyone of the significance of the poppy, and for sharing the poem which always leaves a lump in my throat.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on November 10, 2013:

great post. Now I know why poppy is used

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