It has been emphasised more in recent years that Remembrance Sunday – or Armistice Day – is not just about remember fallen soldiers from the two World Wars but those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in all conflicts. It is also for paying tribute to those members of the armed forces currently on active service combating the so-called Islamic State. It is worth remembering that our way of life in this country depends on the service offered by all members of the armed forces.
It is always heart-warming to see the crowds in Whitehall were twenty-odd deep in places as they joined the nation in paying their respects to the fallen. It is even more poignant when you consider many of these people had to start queuing to get through security very early this morning. People were craning their necks to catch a glimpse of the march past.
Whitehall today is a place of shared remembrance.
The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem “In Flanders Fields”. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.
In Flanders fields the poppies grow
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.
No-one at Whitehall or here at Jammy Toast will ever forget, and observing at least for two minutes every year, is the very least we can do!
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