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Remembrance Day

November 11, 2010

A break from Christmas to remember those who died and were injured in the service of their country.

to quote from the website of the Royal British Legion,

“On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, the First World War ended. Civilians wanted to remember the people who had given their lives for peace and freedom. An American War Secretary, Moina Michael, inspired by John McCrae’s poem, began selling poppies to friends to raise money for the ex-Service community. And so the tradition began.”

In Flanders’ Fields
John McCrae, 1915

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.

This summer we visited Hanworth church in Norfolk where a memorail is in the church for Caitlin’s great great great Uncle ‘Happy’ as he was known in the family Bertie Newstead, who died in the First World War.

Some crafting ideas for remembrance day

ichild have a range of colouring and crafting activities for children for remembrance day.

That artist womand has a range of remembrance day activities – peace dove, yarn poppy, painting project and paper poppies.

DLTK also has a page with kids craft ideas for remembrance day

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