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This is the 100th Anniversary year of the beginning of World War One. Britain declared war with Germany in July 1914. The war ended with Germany’s surrender on November 11, 1918. I was a Canadian born and raised with a culture of always celebrating Armistice Day and never without a red poppy on my lapel. This tradition was in honor of the poem, “In Flanders fields the poppies blow between the crosses, row on row.” My father’s two older brothers were killed in that war, so it is a sad and memorable bit of history to me.
Imagine my excitement when I traveled to London, England this past September to discover that the 100th Year Memorial was in progress. The Tower of London has a dry moat around the fortress which is being “planted” with ceramic red poppies. 888,246 poppies will be planted in memory of each of the soldiers who died in that bloody, terrible war. On November 11th, the final poppy will be placed and then the whole blood red moat will be cleared. You can learn more about this event and see photos by searching online for “Tower of London.” I understand that the poppies will be for sale. Of course, I want to have one!
IN FLANDERS FIELDS POEM
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.