Today is Remembrance Sunday in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth of Nations, put aside as a day to commemorate the British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts. The day is always marked on the second Sunday in November, the Sunday nearest to 11th November, Armistice Day.
Every year the Royal British Legion put on displays across the land, usually incorporating the red poppy, the symbol of Remembrance and this year that display includes a very famous poem.
Across the land the Royal British Legion is installing lines of In Flanders Fields, an iconic First World War poem written by Canadian Physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. The display is stunning, take a look:
Here’s the poem in its entirety:
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.
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