A well-known and much loved poem written by John McCrae a poet and physician from Guelph, Ontario.
The red poppies McCrae referred to had been associated with war since the Napoleonic Wars (1803–1815) when a writer of that time first noted how the poppies grew over the graves of soldiers.The damage done to the landscape in Flanders during the battle greatly increased the lime content in the soil, leaving the poppy as one of the few plants able to grow in the region.
The wearing of poppies in the days leading up to Remembrance Day remains popular in many areas of the Commonwealth of Nations, particularly Great Britain, Canada, Australia and South Africa, and in the days leading up to ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand.
The countries which observe Remembrance Day areAustralia, Barbados, Canada, India, Kenya, Mauritius, New Zealand, Saint Luci, South Africa, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland and Bermuda.
Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day) is the memorial day observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of our armed forces who have died in the line of duty.
Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”, in accordance with the armistice
At schools, shopping centres, libraries and hopefully everywhere around Australia, we will have a minutes silence to remember those who gave their lives so we could be free.
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.
The Last Post at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.