The Spirit of Remembrance Day “Face it”


What is Remembrance Day?

November 11 is Remembrance Day. It is sometimes known as Poppy Day. Remembrance Day is a memorial day for Commonwealth of Nations’s armed forces who died in the First World War(1914-1918). They carried out their mission by strenuous effort. Do you know what the symbol of this is? It is a Remembrance poppy. Surprisingly, It is a artificial flower. Why is this? It is due to the poem “In Flanders Fields” written by Canadian John McCrae, MD, physician.

In Flanders Fields

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.

  When one person read this poem, Moina Michael, a professor at the University of Georgia, swore to wear a red poppy. So people started to wear a red poppy on Remembrance Day. She wrote one poem which was filled with everything. It is a “We Shall Keep the Faith“.

We Shall Keep the Faith

Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet – to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
– Thomas Campbell, Hallowed Ground

The spirit of Remembrance Day

Throughout the world, sincere people celebrated that day in many places . I brought this case because they explains the spirit very well. The Richmond Youth Honour Choir (RYHC) is singing for peace on 11 November. RYHC’s artistic director, Heidi Epp said “It is important to remember the tragedies and losses of war, the suffering of many including veterans, their families, civilians and, well, everyone” I think it is very hard. Why? Because it is too difficult to remind these memories. It maybe pierce your heart. Coming face to face is to be our power and our foundation. After some time, flowers surely begin to blossom.

“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.”
– Laurence Binyon, For The Fallen

Peace is up to you :0 Good luck!