Poppies for the fallen

untitled (2)Hello there.

This week to mark Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday I thought I would mention a few poems that have been used in services and events to honour those who have died.

I have decided not to get involved in any political debate about the colour of poppies or even whether a poppy should be worn, and just concentrate on appreciating a few lines of poetry used, to sum up the mood.

Before introducing the poems, here are a few websites which explain the history behind poppies, Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/what-armistice-day-remembrance-poppy-9144046

http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/remembrance/how-we-remember/

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/remembranceday

The poem For the Fallen by Robert Laurence Binyon has these famous lines:

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

For the full poem see https://allpoetry.com/For-The-Fallen. 

A quote from Rudyard Kipling‘s The Old Issue.

All we have of freedom; all we use or know – / This our fathers bought for us long and long ago.

For more quotes from poems check out The Telegraph‘s Remembrance Day Quotes article – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturenews/11189802/remembrance-day-quotations.html.

I hope that you can take time out and read and reflect on some of the words of the poems.

Thanks for reading.

Take care.

Tricia

 

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