Halloween will soon be upon us and shortly after this follows Remembrance Sunday. This is the time when we remember all fallen heroes and civilians who have suffered and are currently suffering around the globe in times of warfare. Just a gentle reminder to wear your poppy with pride.
Remembrance Sunday, otherwise known as Armistice Day falls on the 11th of November. It is a day in which Britain and the countries of the Commonwealth remember the fallen heroes whose lives have been tragically cut short and taken while upholding the line of duty and defending their country in times of war. The tradition takes its origin from the ending of World War I, when the hostilities formerly ceased at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month and was first observed and upheld by King George V, the current Queen’s grandfather. The poppy has become the symbol of the occasion from the poem ‘In Flanders Fields.’ The poppies grew and blossomed across the battlefields and their vibrant red colour is a stark reminder of the blood that was spilled throughout the war.
In the next few weeks many paper poppies will be sold to the public in the Poppy Appeal, as sellers stand on street corners and outside stores. People can be seen sporting these beautiful remembrance poppies on coats and jackets in their manner of saying thank you to all personnel throughout all wars who selflessly have given their lives for their country to protect us and give us our freedom. Her Majesty the Queen has the honour of laying the first wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall and two minutes of silence is respectfully observed.
Many foreigners residing in Britain are not aware of this custom and in a recent survey many school children did not know or understand the reason for the poppies since attitudes are becoming vague with some saying ‘best we forget.’ For the millions of us who remember, have lost loved ones and are grateful to these silent heroes and soldiers from all countries in all wars throughout the globe, we will be wearing our poppies and we will silently hold a prayer for your beloved memories. The saying is not ‘best we forget’ but ‘less we forget’ since history has a way of repeating itself. For the many millions of people around the globe who will be observing this tradition in honour of all armed forces, stand tall and wear your poppy with pride.
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