Art Inspiration: Remembrance Day And The Poppy

In Canada, November 11 is known as Remembrance Day.

“Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.“—Wikipedia

Why The Poppy?

According to Canadian Royal Legion, the Napoleonic Wars, the lime from all the fallen buildings covered the grounds. Poppies thrived in this environment and would suddenly sprout and bloom. Then, they would disappear after all the lime was absorbed.

Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae of Guelph, Ontario, a Canadian Medical Officer during the First World War wrote the poem “In Flanders Fields” on a scrap of paper in May, 1915. He wrote this on the day following the death of a fellow soldier.

This poem became very well known and had since become an important part of our Canadian heritage.

In Flanders Fields

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.

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8 thoughts on “Art Inspiration: Remembrance Day And The Poppy

  1. “Art is vintage abstract reflecting Life in classic style.”_-Van Prince

    On Wed, Nov 11, 2020 at 2:28 PM Chocoviv’s Lifestyle Blog wrote:

    > Chocoviv posted: “In Canada, November 11 is known Remembrance Day. > “Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth member states > since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed > forces who have died in the line of duty.”—Wi” >

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