11 November 2017

Lest We Forget

It was Remembrance Day today.  At 11 o'clock in the morning, on the 11th day of the 11th month people in Australia observed a minutes silence to honour the courage and sacrifice of the Australian servicemen and women who served in all armed conflicts.

 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.

The "Ode of Remembrance" is an ode taken from Laurence Binyon's poem, "For the Fallen".


A photograph of poppies which are currently in flower in late Spring in Australia.  Red poppies are traditionally a symbol of remembrance and are worn on the lapel of a garment during the month of November up until the 11th of November.

The remembrance poppy is an artificial flower that has been used since 1921 to commemorate military personnel who have died in war, and represents a common or field poppy, Papaver rhoeas. Inspired by the World War I poem "In Flanders Fields", and promoted by Moina Michael, they were first adopted by the American Legion to commemorate American soldiers killed in that war (1914–1918). They were then adopted by military veterans' groups in parts of the British Empire. 

Today, they are mostly used in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to commemorate their servicemen and women killed in all conflicts. These small artificial poppies are often worn on clothing leading up to Remembrance Day/Armistice Day, and poppy wreaths are often laid at war memorials. In Australia and New Zealand, they are also worn on Anzac Day.

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