Remembrance Day 2014

“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.” Jose Narosky

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In 1915, Punch magazine published a John McCrae poem titled, In Flanders Fields. McCrae, a Canadian soldier, had served in the Second Battle of Ypres in Flanders, Belgium. He wrote In Flanders Fields after a friend died in battle, and was buried with a simple wooden cross as a marker. The poem described similar mass graveyards on the fields of Flanders, fields that were alive with red poppies but now filled with the corpses of dead soldiers. The poem highlights the irony of war, where a soldier dies so that a nation of people lives.

John McCrae’s poem made poppies a symbol of the Great War. The red poppies of Flanders symbolize bloodshed. As a mark of respect, people lay wreaths of poppies on the graves of those who died at war. Many people wear red poppies on their lapels as a sign of remembrance.

As a mark of respect, people observe a moment of silence at 11.00 a.m. on Remembrance Day. Most places hold a special Remembrance Day service, where hymns and national anthems are played in honor of war heroes. People place floral wreaths on the gravestones of brave martyrs who died during the First World War.

Even as the world observes Remembrance Day, honoring the brave hearts that died in battle, let us make a promise to abjure war at any cost. After all, as that well-known Remembrance Day quote by Argentine writer Jose Narosky goes, “In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.” As we wear Remembrance Day poppies on our lapel, let us unite against war and bring the world closer with peace and harmony.