Today, 11th November, we are celebrating Remembrance Day, it is a day of commemoration and the occasion to remember the 8.5 million soldiers who died across the world during the 1914-18 war as well as those who lost their lives in the conflicts that followed.
Poppies are used to remember those who have given their lives in battle, because they are the flowers which grew on the battlefields after World War I ended. This is described in the famous World War One poem ‘In Flanders Fields” by Dr John McCrae. Ever since then, they have come to be a symbol of remembering not just those who gave their lives in World War One, but all those who have died on behalf of their country.
A Poem for Celebrating Remembrance Day – The Inquisitive Mind of A child
Why are they selling poppies, Mummy?
Selling poppies in town today.
The poppies, child, are flowers of love.
For the men who marched away.
But why have they chosen a poppy, Mummy?
Why not a beautiful rose?
Because my child, men fought and died
In the fields where the poppies grow.
But why are the poppies so red, Mummy?
Why are the poppies so red?
Red is the color of blood, my child,
The blood that our soldiers shed.
The heart of the poppy is black, Mummy?
Why does it have to be black?
Black my child, is the symbol of grief,
For the men who never came back.
But why, Mummy are you crying so?
Your tears are giving you pain.
My tears are my fears for you my child,
For the world is forgetting again.
At 11 am on the 11th Day of the 11th Month Germany and the Allies sign the Armistice that will bring an end to 4 years of horrific fighting and the loss of millions of lives. The reaction all around the world was one of mixed emotions: relief, celebration, disbelief and a profound sense of loss.
For this occasion, I would like to invite my readers to get re-acquainted with an article I wrote a while ago titled: Information and Disinformation – How Carrots Helped Win World War II.
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