Remembrance Day

Written by Sara Dryden on 14th November 2010 at 12:57pm

Remembrance Day

ON THE 11TH OF NOVEMBER AT 11 O'CLOCK THE COUNTRY STOPS SILENT...

The National commemoration was held at Whitehall in 2010 in Central London where the Queen, among other members of the royal family attended to partake in the two minutes silence and the last post.

 

Price Harry took part in  opening a Field of Remembrance within the grounds of Lydiard Park near Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire. Up to 35, 000 crosses will be planted there, each with a message to commemorate the 342 lives lost since 2001 in Afghanistan.

 

The poppy remains a poignant symbol of World War I due to John Mcrae's poem 'In Flanders Field'.

 

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.

 

You can visit his sombre muse on a Back-Roads Ypres Salient Battlefield Tour