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Remembrance Day - Lest We Forget!!

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 11 November 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day or Veterans Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries to remember the members of their armed forces who have died on duty since World War I. This day, or alternative dates, are also recognised as special days for war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the official end of World War I on that date in 1918, as the major hostilities of World War I were formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month" of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice. 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 spilt in the war. 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 spilt in the war.

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Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

just a poppies and so much to remember and understand ...

11 Nov 2011 6:31am

@Mirjam: Thank you very much Mirjam! ;-)

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

A meaningful way to mark this day. I never knew why the Poppy became symbolic of 'remembrance day.' Thanks for your informative words as well as your fine shot !!

11 Nov 2011 6:55am

@DULCIE: Thank you very much Dulcie! Now you know..... ;-)

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Thanks for the note.
I didn't know.

11 Nov 2011 7:56am

@Gérard Beullac: Thank you very much Gerard! ;-)

Veronique from Suisse/France, France

je l'ignorais aussi, merci pour l'information

11 Nov 2011 8:17am

@Veronique: Merci beaucoup Veronique! ;-)

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Unfortunately man has no memory and in many parts of the world, men, women and children die every day because of absurd wars.

11 Nov 2011 8:17am

@El pare: Thank you very much Manel! Yes, you are correct and that is why it is so important that we keep the memory of their sacrifice alive! ;-)

tataray from france, France

Attrayantes explications.
Malheureusement les humains n'ont pas de mémoires !))
Bel hommage rendu.
Bonne journée))

11 Nov 2011 8:36am

@tataray: Merci beaucoup Raymonde! Oui, il semble y avoir pas de fin à leur stupidité! La guerre n'est pas la réponse et nous devons toujours nous souvenir des sacrifices qui ont été faites au nom de la paix et la liberté! ;-)

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

We should never forget! Great colors

11 Nov 2011 8:58am

@Anina Botes: Thank you very much Anina! ;-)

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

A day to remember and pay respect..

11 Nov 2011 9:12am

@Sarito: Thank you very much Sarito! ;-)

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

so lovely shot
well done

11 Nov 2011 9:48am

@Shaahin Bahremand: Thank you very much Shaahin! ;-)

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Just been reading about the four petalled Canadian Poppy, I was surprised to learn how widespread the poppy has become as a symbol of remembrance. In the UK ours is a two petalled version, other than in Scotland who also favour four.

11 Nov 2011 9:58am

@Curly: Thank you very much Curly! ;-)

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

nice shot for this special day.
I just read on another blogger's shot the meaning of the rememberance day and the poppies.

11 Nov 2011 10:17am

@Roman: Thank you very much Roman! ;-)

Laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

Belle image, en espérant que les atrocités de toutes guerres ne seront jamais renouvellées. C'est certainement un voeu pieu, car l'humanité oublie très vite malheureusement. Bel hommage !

11 Nov 2011 10:37am

@Laur: Merci beaucoup Laurence! Oui, la mémoire de l'humanité est trop court et c'est pourquoi il est de notre responsabilité de nous assurer que nous n'oublierons jamais leur sacrifice au nom de la liberté! ;-)

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Excellent presentation Eric, yes they deserve the Honour bestowed upon them

11 Nov 2011 10:38am

@Lorraine: Thank you very much Lorraine! ;-)

L'Angevine from Angers, France

ce crochet est une bonne manière aussi de ne pas les oublier

11 Nov 2011 10:38am

@L'Angevine: Merci beaucoup L'Angevine! Oui, nous ne devons jamais oublier les sacrifices qui ont été faites pour la liberté! ;-)

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Beautiful close-up Eric - the red poppy certainly is a powerful symbol.

11 Nov 2011 11:02am

@Stephen: Thank you very much Stephen! Yes, is has been inexorably burned into our memories by the haunting poem "In Flanders Fields", one of the most notable poems written during World War I by Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae! Lest we forget! ;-)

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

such a wonderful tribute to those who have fallen in war. This is a lovely image and your words serve as a reminder to us all ~ never to forget.

11 Nov 2011 11:20am

@Scene by Sharon Photography: Thank you very much Sharon! Indeed we must never forget! ;-)

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful closeup. What a great tribute to those heroes of the war. Wonderful presentation, Eric! :)

11 Nov 2011 11:46am

@Sam: Thank you very much Sam! ;-)

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Beautiful tribute and information on the story behind Remembrance Day and the poppy.
Lest we forget!

11 Nov 2011 1:05pm

@Don Levesque: Thank you very much Don! Yes indeed we must never forget! ;-)

PS... on a less somber note, I would like to thank you for being the 25,000th person to comment on my blog! I truly appreciate your continued support through your visits and comments! ;-)

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Eric, ein sehr guter Beitrag zu diesem Gedenktag.

11 Nov 2011 1:08pm

@Heinz: Vielen Dank Heinz! Ja, Krieg ist eine schreckliche Sache, aber wir müssen die Opfer, die von diesen Männern und Frauen gemacht wurden erinnern und daran arbeiten, versuchen, eine friedliche Lösung der Probleme, die wir ins Gesicht! ;-)

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

Great idea Eric . Beautiful tribute !

11 Nov 2011 1:32pm

@Mariana M.: Thank you very much Mariana! ;-)

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Perfect and beautiful tribute shot Eric - well done!

11 Nov 2011 1:49pm

@Jason Politte: Thank you very much Jason! ;-)

myky from Ontario, Canada

Such a powerful symbol and important tribute.

11 Nov 2011 2:28pm

@myky: Thank you very much Myky! Yes, we must never forget! ;-)

Mhelene from Paris, France

A great framing an the poppy for the remembrance . In the military cimenteries in France we see poppies .

11 Nov 2011 2:47pm

@Mhelene: Thank you very much Mhelene! ;-)

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Eric - Just a beautiful image here, today and may I suggest, if you have not seen, check out Don Levesque's blog today where he posts the poem that speaks of Flanders! Have a gret day sir!

11 Nov 2011 2:56pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thank you very much Denny! Yes, Don's posting is the famous poem by Canadian physician, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae who immortalized the poppy as the symbol of sacrifice in his poem "In Flanders Fields". Lest we forget! ;-)

PATRICK from miramas, France


11 Nov 2011 3:04pm

@PATRICK: Thank you very much Judy! ;-)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I hope your Remembrance Day is a meaningful one for you and Georgie ... and I'm guessing this is her coat and Poppy!

11 Nov 2011 3:26pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thank you very much Judy! Yes, this is Georgie's coat & poppy. Remembrance Day is always meaningful for us as we remember family members who have served and ultimately made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. It is a solemn responsibility that falls to us who have benefitted from their sacrifice to ensure that their lives were not taken in vain. Lest we forget! ;-)

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon,, Canada

Wonderful to use this simple and most poignant image to give it greater meaning. Superb.

11 Nov 2011 4:14pm

@Phil David Morris 2011: Thank you very much Phil! Yes this was done for the world by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae who penned the penned the hauntingly beautiful poem during World War I! Lest we forget! ;-)

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Nice colored tribute.

11 Nov 2011 4:56pm

@Marie LC: Thank you very much Marie! ;-)

franz from Baden, Austria

i was not aware that the english speaking world celebrates this day of remembrance today, but thanks to the great number of excellent posts on this topic today i won't easily forget ...
your image is certainly a very touching one, with the innocent poppy for ever reminding us of the fallen ...

11 Nov 2011 7:27pm

@franz: Thank you very much Franz! ;-)

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Nicely captured Eric.

11 Nov 2011 7:33pm

@Tomek: Thank you very much Tomek! ;-)

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

J'aime beaucoup ton cadrage serré, les couleurs s'harmonisent joliment! Très bel hommage!

11 Nov 2011 8:27pm

@mo.langel: Merci beaucoup Mo! ;-)

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A powerful call to good sense. Never again war ... no one should forget ... Let's hope so. Thanks Eric! A hug, Adela

11 Nov 2011 9:11pm

@Adela Fonts: Thank you very much Adela! Yes, we must certainly pray that this is so! ;-)

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Remembrance Day and the poppy. Don't foget it and never repeat!!

11 Nov 2011 9:27pm

@Lalena: Thank you very much Lalena! Yes, we must never forget! ;-)

Yvon from Orleans, France

wonderful remember capture, Eric

11 Nov 2011 9:27pm

@Yvon: Thank you very much Yvon! Yes, we must never forget! ;-)

RBL from Oxford, United States

Vibrant colors and great tribute post!

11 Nov 2011 10:03pm

@RBL: Thank you very much Ruthie! ;-)

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

A beautiful tribute to Remembrance Day. We will never forget.

11 Nov 2011 10:04pm

@Elaine Hancock: Thank you very much Elaine! ;-)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

A day for tributes and saying thanks.

11 Nov 2011 10:12pm

@B. Thomas: Thank you very much Barbara! Yes, freedom comes at a very high cost! ;-)

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

'twas the war to end all wars. oh, that it had been

11 Nov 2011 10:45pm

@john4jack: Thank you very much Jack! Unfortunately we have not learned the lessons that history has provided us! ;-)

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

A very nice and perfect tribute for today. Well done Eric. Happy weekend!

11 Nov 2011 11:24pm

@Dokmateo: Thank you very much Dokmateo! ;-)

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Très bel hommeage pour ce jour, très beau détail et compo colorée superbe.

Bravo et belle journée

12 Nov 2011 4:28am

@Nicou: Merci beaucoup Nicou! ;-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

A most inspired composition to celebrate this day!

12 Nov 2011 11:03am

@Japanalia: Thank you very much Gabriela! ;-)

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Till this year, November the 11th was only the day of he End of the WWI in France, but now it's also the remembrance day

12 Nov 2011 6:12pm

@Calusarus: Thank you very much Fred! Thank you for the information, I did not know that France was now celebrating Remembrance Day! ;-)

Sandy Weston from Maine, United States

Something we were taught in grade school years ago to memorize ;)

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.

13 Nov 2011 12:10am

@Sandy Weston: Thank you very much Sandy! Yes, this is the haunting poem penned by Canadian physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae in 1915 during World War I that has come to symbolize the futility and heartbreak of war. ;-)

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

Do you know?? It's incredible but we don't have one...

14 Nov 2011 9:29am

@Riccardo: Thank you very much Riccardo! No I was not aware of this fact! ;-)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A colorful remembrance.

17 Nov 2011 12:50am

@Steve Rice: Thank you very much Steve! ;-)

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