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Lest We Forget

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 11 November 2013 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Canadians are asked to pause in memory of the thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives in military service.

At public gatherings in Ottawa and around the country, Canadians pay tribute with two minutes of silence to the country's fallen soldiers from the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Afghanistan conflict and peacekeeping missions.

The association between the poppy and war dates back to the Napoleonic wars, when a writer saw a field of poppies growing over the graves of fallen soldiers.

During the Battle of Ypres in 1915, Canadian Lt.-Col. John McCrae was inspired to write the poem In Flanders Fields on sighting the poppies growing beside a grave of a close friend who had died in battle.

The poem was a great inspiration in adopting the poppy as the Flower of Remembrance in Canada, France, the U.S, Britain and Commonwealth countries.

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

The silence touched us here and the significance never fades.

11 Nov 2013 5:49am

PATRICK from miramas, France

Excellent capture 5******

11 Nov 2013 5:53am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Great frame Eric, very poignant today.

11 Nov 2013 8:16am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

magnifique capture.
Je vous souhaite une agréable journée.

11 Nov 2013 8:41am

Lai Chan See from Singapore, Singapore

A very poignant photograph, especially to those who have seen the ravages of war.

11 Nov 2013 9:02am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Wonderful tribute

11 Nov 2013 9:08am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Strong tribute, Eric. Lest we forget.

11 Nov 2013 9:10am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Superbe hommage!

11 Nov 2013 10:26am

Devi from Chennai, India

Stunning !!!!

11 Nov 2013 11:26am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Nice tribute, Eric.

11 Nov 2013 11:52am

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Fantastic tribute Eric, really great image.

11 Nov 2013 12:15pm

Frances Gaffey from Massachusetts, United States

Superb tribute Eric. We must never forget how lives were given up by many, so that others could live.

11 Nov 2013 12:49pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Gorgeous image, excellent framing !

11 Nov 2013 3:20pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

gorgeous shot

11 Nov 2013 3:36pm

Abena from Illinois, United States

Lovely solidarity and great treatment!

11 Nov 2013 3:46pm

Martine Libouton from bousval, Belgium

Une splendide photo!! bravo pour la mémoire des soldats !!

11 Nov 2013 4:19pm

franz from Baden, Austria

stunning photo of a very impressive monument on an important day !

11 Nov 2013 7:20pm

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent and stunnig!!!!!!

11 Nov 2013 8:41pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Awesome! Love it dear friend!

12 Nov 2013 12:04am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A powerful image!

12 Nov 2013 12:41am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

This is just beautiful Eric! A wonderful tribute!

12 Nov 2013 12:53am

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful tribute. An excellent photograph, Eric! :)

12 Nov 2013 1:17am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Nice tribute.

12 Nov 2013 2:31am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Wonderfully evocative of the somber day.

12 Nov 2013 2:54am

@Harry: Thank you very much Harry and welcome to my blog! Please come back and visit soon! ;-)

John Jungklaus from Chase Mills, NY, United States

A wonderful tribute Eric !!

12 Nov 2013 4:41am

L'angevine from Angers, France


12 Nov 2013 8:45am

omid from mashhad, Iran


12 Nov 2013 8:56am

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

Visiting family prevented me from seeing this on Monday, but what an appropriate image this is. God bless them all!!!

12 Nov 2013 12:59pm

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

excellent capture .

13 Nov 2013 12:50pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Well i,m surprise you din't get a thousand views..awesome has such an emotion impact..very arty shot...bravo

18 Nov 2013 6:45am