Remembrance Day is approaching on 11 November, and is a time to remember members of the armed forces that have made the ultimate sacrifice for their countries since the First World War.
Remembrance Day is observed in countries throughout the Commonwealth of Nations, and the red poppy has become the key symbol of the day. The poppy was made famous by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, who wrote the beautifully moving war poem ‘In Flanders Fields’.
This year, The Booker School has been raising money for the Royal Canadian Legion by distributing ‘sustainable poppies’. These poppies are made of acrylic fabric rather than plastic, and can be used year after year. A suggested donation of $5 is applied for those that wish to acquire one.
If you are interested in supporting the Royal Canadian Legion, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get a sustainable poppy.
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.