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Remembrance Day - Poppy Day by daliscar Remembrance Day - Poppy Day by daliscar
Remembrance Day - Poppy Day

IF YOU ARE DOWNLOADING THIS PLEASE ONLY USE IT TO PROMOTE THE MEMORY OF THE FALLEN AND REMEMBER TO CREDIT THE ARTIST


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Many countries have a special day to remember those that fell in their wars; America has Veterans Day, while France has Armistice Day. The British commemorate those who fought, and are still fighting, in wars for their country on Remembrance Day.

The British Remembrance Day is always held on the 11 November. This is the day that World War One ended in 1918, when the armistice was signed in Compiègne, Northern France, at 5am. Six hours later, the fighting stopped, and to commemorate this there is a two minute silence in the UK at 11am, every 11 November.

The period of silence was first proposed by a Melbourne journalist, Edward George Honey, in a letter published in the London Evening News on 8 May 1919, which subsequently came to the attention of King George V. On 7 November, 1919, the king issued a proclamation which called for a two-minute silence:

All locomotion should cease, so that, in perfect stillness, the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead.
As well as the two-minute silence, there are marches around the country by war veterans. The Royal Family, along with leading politicians, gather at the Cenotaph, a large war memorial in Whitehall, in London.

The nearest Sunday to the 11th is called Remembrance Sunday, when church services are held in honour of those involved in wars, and wreaths are laid on the memorials which have a place in every town. Many two-minute silences are followed by a lone bugler playing The Last Post, reminiscent of times of war when trumpets were as much a part of battle as bayonets. A poem called 'For the Fallen' is often read aloud on the occasion; the most famous stanza of which reads:

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.

Fourth stanza of 'For the Fallen' by Laurence Binyon (1869 - 1943)
These words can be found adorning many war memorials across the country. The author, Laurence Binyon, was never a soldier but certainly appreciated the horrors of war.

Remembrance day is taken very seriously, with disrespect being avoided at all costs (which is why the vandalisation of the Cenotaph on 1 May 2000 was seen as such a horrific crime). If 11 November falls on a weekday, schools, workplaces and shopping centres generally attempt to observe the silence, although some people choose to ignore their attempts and go about their business regardless.

Poppies

Remembrance Day is also known as Poppy Day, because it is traditional to wear an artificial poppy. They are sold by the Royal British Legion, a charity dedicated to helping war veterans, although they do not have a fixed price - they rely on donations.

The motto of the British Legion is Remember the dead; don't forget the living, and they are campaigners for issues relating to war veterans, especially elderly ones.

The poppies are worn because in World War One the Western Front contained in the soil thousands of poppy seeds, all lying dormant. They would have lain there for years more, but the battles being fought there churned up the soil so much that the poppies bloomed like never before. The most famous bloom of poppies in the war was in Ypres, a town in Flanders, Belgium, which was crucial to the Allied defence. There were three battles there, but it was the second, which was calamitous to the allies since it heralded the first use of the new chlorine gas the Germans were experimenting with, which brought forth the poppies in greatest abundance, and inspired the Canadian soldier, Major John McCrae, to write his most famous poem. This, in turn, inspired the British Legion to adopt the poppy as their emblem.

In Flanders Fields

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.

John McCrae (1872 - 1918)
The American Moira Michael from Georgia, was the first person to wear a poppy in remembrance. In reply to McCrae's poem, she wrote a poem entitled 'We shall keep the faith' which includes the lines:

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
She bought some poppies, wore one, and sold the others, raising money for ex-servicemen. Her colleague, French YMCA Secretary Madame Guerin, took up the idea and made artificial poppies for war orphans. It caught on.

In November 1921, the British Legion and Austrian Returned Sailor's and Soldier's League sold them for the first time.

The tragic events in New York on 11 September 2001, left ever increasing numbers of people feeling stronger than ever the need for peace. This, in turn, prompted the manufacture of white poppies to represent peace. They are not a new idea, though. In fact, they date from 1933, having been designed by a UK Women's Guild. The British Legion was invited to produce them twice, in 1933 and 1988, but they not only declined, they also refused to accept the proceeds from them, because they were seen as disrespectful by some soldiers. They are having a surge in popularity once again as people stop feeling as safe as they once did.

Courtesy of the BBC

British Legion [link]
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pjhislop Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
I would like to use this stunning image  in the book I have just finished , about my great grandfather who died in 1916. The book is not for sale but will be a gift to all his surviving grandchildren and great grandchildren. May I?
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daliscar Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
Yes no problem with credit :-)
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PaulDobson Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
We would like to use this excellent image on 1st August when we name all the stall sin our market place with the names of all our towns fallen, this would be perfect to go at the side of each individuals name, rank, date and age on death, where lived in town.
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daliscar Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
You are very welcome to use it :-)
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Fegreen Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I would like to use this as a profile picture on Facebook for the day of the 11th. My father fought in WWII in Burma and my partner is a CO in the British Royal Marines. I do some pupil support assistant work at our local school and we are showing children how social media can be used in a responsible, safe and respectful way and not a way simply to gossip, be disrespectful and to hurt or bully others. 
This is a striking image you have produced
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daliscar Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
Please feel free to use it :-)
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gc-mountainman Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
deliscar,

I would like to use your image as the background image for a presentation I will be giving to our local Cubs & Scouts.

Thank you.
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daliscar Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
No problem hope it goes well :-)
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methowwolf Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is stunning. thank you for honoring the fallen heroes. never forget, my friend, never forget. :salute: :flagus:
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daliscar Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Cheers :-)
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beexfeatheryduster Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Writer
To be totally honest with you, when I was searching for a cover picture for my poem, this picture jumped straight out at me so I investigated, simply because of how perfect it is. It sums it all up really, and it makes me proud to know that one other person actually has some decency and respect.

Thank you. Thank you very much.
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daliscar Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Respect to you :iconpoppyplz:
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ShardsOfCloud Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Hello, this is a lovely picture. I put it as the cover picture for a poem on here. Here's the link if you want >[link]

If you don't want the cover pic to be on just tell me and I'll remove it :)
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daliscar Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Great poem so I am more than happy to have my work associated with it :-) thanks for letting me know. :iconpoppyplz:
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ShardsOfCloud Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
awww! Thank you soo much XD :iconspazhugplz:
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MonstArt Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Student Photographer
Great concept
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:icondaliscar:
daliscar Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Thanks :-) :iconpoppyplz:
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gemUK1983 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
i read your words and i loved the picture so much i have it as my facebook profile picture...i hope that's ok!
your're was the most powerful one i could find!
gem
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daliscar Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
No worries thanks :-) :iconpoppyplz:
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cr8zygr1 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've also used your picture for my Facebook; I've made sure a link to the picture's page is available to any who may wish to come check out your works. Thank you for allowing us to use your picture to remember the fallen.
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daliscar Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Thank you, I wish all the others that use it were as honest as you :-)
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lhalliday Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Your picture is so powerful, I work in a Learning Resources Centre (Library) at South Downs College Library and have used your image in one of three Remembrance displays. I've had so many comments about how powerful your image is so thought I'd let you know. I'm going to now print out the information you have written and display that also. Thanks for sharing!
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daliscar Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
No problem.
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A-teinna Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi there, I've Linked this special photo of yours here: [link]

And I also Linked your journal about it at the same time :)

:wave:
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:icondaliscar:
daliscar Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
Thank you I appreciate it very much :-)
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A-teinna Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
you're welcome :D:D
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3feathers Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you. Such extraordinary and moving emotions going on here.
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:icondaliscar:
daliscar Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
You're welcome :-)
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afaihesdin Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
Thanks for this poignant; powerful image. We have proudly displayed it on our homepage at [link] with a credit to the artist.
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:icondaliscar:
daliscar Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
Thanks for using it I am pleased you were able to use it so positively :-) :iconpoppyplz:
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DisobedientChild Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
I love this, thanks! Have used and linked to your image on my latest blog post, hope that's OK!
[link]
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:icondaliscar:
daliscar Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
You are very weclome, thanks for using it in such a positive way :-) :iconpoppyplz:
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TrickyNag Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
Fantastic!
And thank you. I will feature this on my blog on November 11.
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:icondaliscar:
daliscar Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
Please do :-)
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Iaido-san Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Just want to thank you for a great picture and and awesome source of inspiration and information. :)
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:icondaliscar:
daliscar Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
You are very welcome :-)
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orgueilx Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
The first thing I thought was Flanders Fields, and indeed :)
Nice work.
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:icondaliscar:
daliscar Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
Thank you :-)
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Mr-Nicholls Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009   General Artist
Great stuff!
By the way, there's a Facebook group that has this image in their group photos. But unfortunately they don't give you credit for it.

Here's the link if you're interested.
[link]
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daliscar Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
I am not too worried about the credit on this image, the message of remeberance is of more importance to me. I had a lok at the page and I support what they are doing. Thanks for letting me know I appreciate your support :-)
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Professional Photographer
Great work, Chris. I've referred to it in the comment of one of my own works: [link]
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009   Photographer
Unfortunately humanity tents to forget and the madness goes on forever :(
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:icondaliscar:
daliscar Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
Yes it is the human condition :-(

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Naito-Mitsukai Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is amazing.
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:icondaliscar:
daliscar Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
Thanks :-)
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archangel-22 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
I love this photo. I'd like to use it as my profile pic until remembrance day (with full credit to you of course) let me know if that's ok?
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daliscar Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
Shure no problem :-)
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stevepoxon Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
Enjoyed the read Thankyou. Its a day we will never forget. And never forget them fighting today.
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:icondaliscar:
daliscar Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
Thanks for your support :-)
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stevepoxon Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
Always
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