Remember, Remember -- Poppies for November
On Remembrance Day in Great Britain, the Queen lays a wreath made of poppies on the Cenotaph, a monument in Whitehall that commemorates all the dead in all wars in which British soldiers have fought.
This day of remembrance coincides with similar ceremonies in the United States, Canada, France and all British Commonwealths. Americans call it Veteran's Day.
It is always held on November 11th and in Great Britain it is honored with a countrywide moment of silence at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month -- because that is when the Armistice took effect in World War I (cessation of all fighting).
But why has the poppy become a symbol for the day of remembrance? Poppies grew in profusion in the recently disturbed earth of battlefields in Flanders.
The red Remembrance Poppy has been used since 1920 to commemorate soldiers who have died in war. The use of the poppy was forever linked to Remembrance Day with the publication of In Flanders Fields, a tribute to fallen soldiers written by Lieutenant Colonel 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.
It's a beautiful tribute to all victims of war. Join us as we pay tribute to the Remembrance Poppy with two DIY classes.
Fascinator Poppies, Saturday, November 5, 2-4 p.m.
Giant Paper Poppies, Thursday, November 10, 12 noon-2 p.m.
All DPL locations will close early at 4 p.m. Nov. 25, closed all day Nov. 26. Westwood closed Nov. 26-29. More...