In Flanders Field
The areas of Northern France known as
Flanders and Picardy, saw some of the most concentrated and bloodiest
fighting of the First World War.
McCrae's poem was eventually published
in the 8 December 1915 edition of "Punch" magazine under the title "ln Flanders'
Fields" and the people of Britain, and the Empire, were able to learn
at first hand what the war in France, and in the trenches, really was
On the Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day
of the Eleventh Month, The First World War ended. Thousands had died;
thousands more had been injured and scarred by their experiences. The men
and women who had survived returned to their homes. For them though, the
world would never be the same. People at home had learned to manage
without them and, all over Britain, and its Empire, there were men and
women, old beyond their years, trying to fit back into an unrecognizable
Miss Michael bought red poppies with money
that had been given to her by work colleagues, and wearing one of the poppies
she had bought, sold the remainder to her friends to raise a small amount of
money for servicemen in need. Her French colleague, a Madame Guerin, encouraged
by what Moina Michael had achieved with the poppy emblem, proposed the making of
artificial poppies, and their sale, to help ex-Servicemen and their dependents.
So the movement started.
"America Answers" by J. W.
Rest ye in peace, ye Flanders dead
The fight that you so bravely led
We've taken up. And we will keep
True faith with you who lie asleep,
With each a cross to mark his bed,
And poppies blowing overhead,
When once his own life-blood ran red
So let your rest be sweet and deep
In Flanders Fields.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;