The Poppy and Remembrance

The Poppy and Remembrance

In the spring of 1915 at Ypres, shortly after losing a friend, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote his now-famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. The poem inspired the use of the poppy as a symbol of Remembrance.

In Flanders Fields

by John McCrae

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.

The Poppy

The poppy is a symbol of Remembrance and hope, including hope for a positive future and a peaceful world.

To find out more click here to visit The Royal British Legions website.


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