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How the poppy became the symbol of war casualties

In 1914, during World War 1, the war to end all wars, A British Army Surgeon wrote the following poem after he looked out of his surgery and witnessed a carpet of poppies embracing the Crosses in a nearby battle cemetery.

In Flanders Fields

By John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row by row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard among 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 yea break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
                    In Flanders fields.

When poppies go to seed.  They are dormant in the earth until the ground is disturbed.  Needless to say, the earth is greatly disturbed during hostilities.

The British and Canadians adopted the poppy to symbolize the massive Casualties of this war.  Eventually, an American, Maina Michael helped to establish the poppy as a symbol in the United States.  Today, the poppy is used to raise funds for disabled veterans by American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  The little poppy has become a symbol used to honor our casualties war.

Wear a poppy and honour the deadBy Capt. Shemal Fernando, SLN

In America, the little red flower is seen around memorial day, as the groups distribute the poppies to raise funds for the disabled war veterans.

In England and the Commonwealth Nations. the poppies are used to mark Remembrance Day or Armistice Day.  The date in 1918 when The Great War ended on the 11th month, the 11th day at the 11th hour.

This year the Tower of London’s Moat has become a sea of a million red ceramic poppies to commemorate the 100th anniversary of this date. The Installation is titled “Bloodswept Lands and Seas of Red” memorializing over 800,000 British warriors who died in the war.


The creation of the poppies


Installation of the poppies