The poppy has been used to commemorate soldiers who have died in war since 1921. It’s usage was inspired by the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ written by Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John MacCrae. He refers to the poppies which were the 1st to flower in the churned earth of the battlefields in Flanders which held the graves of so many fallen men.
They were first used by the American Legion to remember soldiers lost in World War 1, but were adopted by the UK and Canada and other parts of the former British Empire.
In the UK poppies are now sold by the Royal British Legion to raise funds to help provide financial social and emotional support to those who have served or who are currently serving in the British Armed Forces and their families. They are now commonly worn in the UK during the weeks running up to Remembrance Day itself.
This year, being the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1, the poppy has taken on a new significance, with numerous events and ceremonies taking place to make this historic Anniversary.
Possibly the most prominent of these in the UK is the ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Blood’ installation in the moat at the Tower of London. This hugely impressive work of art was designed by artist Paul Cummins, and consists of 888,246 red ceramic poppies one to represent each life lost by a British and colonial soldier. Every poppy is individually hand-made in Derbyshire and has been planted by a huge army of volunteers.
I had the good fortune to see the poppies in October, and despite it not having been completed at this point, was an emotional experience for me. A fitting tribute to all those who have lost their lives in war. See my photo used, above.
Post written by Face for Business' Office Manager, Helen Christian, who is an avid supporter of Help for Heroes.