Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veterans Day, 2017


"It is one of the most popular and most quoted poems from the war. As a result of its immediate popularity, parts of the poem were used in propaganda efforts and appeals to recruit soldiers and raise money selling war bonds. Its references to the red poppies that grew over the graves of fallen soldiers resulted in the remembrance poppy becoming one of the world's most recognized memorial symbols for soldiers who have died in conflict. The poem and poppy are prominent Remembrance Day symbols throughout the Commonwealth of Nations, particularly in Canada, where "In Flanders Fields" is one of the nation's best-known literary works. The poem is also widely known in the United States, where it is associated with Memorial Day."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Flanders_Fields

Long read with a lot of external links: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I

1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

I have always loved this poem. Very sad but makes you think. I know the poppies are more prevalent in GB than they are here. Our vets groups give them out when you donate.