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
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month
Tomorrow is Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of WWI. At 11am, the time of the signing of the peace treaty, everyone will stop in silence for 2 minutes to remember those who lost their lives, not only in WWI, but in the wars since then. The poppy has become the symbol of remembrance and everyone will be wearing either a poppy broach or a paper poppy made by the Royal British Legion, who raise money to help war veterans and their families.
On Sunday, the nearest Sunday to Armistice Day there will be a Remembrance Service in every city, town and village when poppy wreaths will be laid at the War Memorials.....Lest we Forget
Very beautiful image with significant meaning and very sentimental value, especially for all who have lost love one in a War. Having been in a war torn country and hearing bomb going off in the night when I was a child, it still effects me in the current days, sometimes I felt myself falling into deep trench and hearing bomb going off in my semi-sleeping stage. Anyway, that what the image did for me, bring a bit of sad memories, but it also makes me happy that was far behind me and I'm in a great place and time of my life now. Enjoying spending time with our little Tyler and eager to show and share with him all the beauty in this world and beyond. He is really into the moon and stars, he is looking for them every night. We have to go outside to see them, if it is a cloudy day, he would raise his arm and said "Star? Moon?" with a questioning expression on his face.
Excellent poem to go with it. Not sure if you did special pp to it, but I like the flower popping out of the background.
feather (2017/11/10 22:13:19): Nobody knows better than you do what it is like living in the middle of a war. Sorry to hear you still get flashbacks.
I added a huge white vignette in ColorFX and used negative control points on the red of the poppies so they came out from behind the white.
Thanks for the fave!
Indeed, Lest we Forget.
Poppies are such beautiful, fragile flowers, but I can remember as a young kid, maybe 4 or 5 picking poppies in a field and giving them to my dad and watching him cry. I didn’t understand it at the time but of course for him the association with armistice day was too painful.
I later used to go every armistice Sunday with my dad to the cemetery to lay a poppy cross by his friends.
Poppies for me are not only associated with armistice day but with my dad.
Having just read Way’s note it seems that your beautiful poppies are evoking much emotion today.
feather (2017/11/11 15:13:37): We cannot know the trauma seen by active service men and women in conflicts. After both world wars many of the soldiers never spoke of their experiences. Nowadays we understand better the value of speaking out.
Here in the USA, in the late 1940's (I think), we changed the name of the day to Veterans Day to honor all who fought in the two great wars. Now Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf are rolled into it as well. In a way it is too bad the name has changed because very few realize the significance of the "11 hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month" any more.
Do you know what kind of memorial there will be next year in Europe?
A wonderful job in PS and LM to make this image.
feather (2017/11/11 20:40:32): I don't know of any specific events next year to mark the centenary of the end of WWI, but I'm sure there will be plenty going on. In 2014 there were more events than usual.
Here in the UK Armistice Day and Remembrance Day (The Sunday Services) are always a big deal. Even today we happened to be in a tearoom this morning at 11am and they announced a 2 minute silence, which was immaculately observed. If it falls through the week schools fall silent at 11am and shops and many places of work observe it too. Here's what happened in Passchendaele today, A hundred gun salute.
Thank you for the fave!
This evening, our church had a Veteran's Day program in which this poem was read. I like the shallow depth of field and the color palette of your photo. It is a beautiful poppy.
The picture is really very beautiful. Colours and sharpness are really excellent. The poem is- and has always been very touching. It is a day to remember, a day never to forget, although, every now and than...Kosovo, ex-Yugoslavia, and the other ones that even I tend to forget from time to time. But let us not be too pessimistic and enjoy your beautiful flowers.
PS The message that you sent a while ago haas mysteriously disappeared, so I never got the chance to read it.
feather (2017/11/13 14:57:42): It's still there John. You need to look in My Menu >> Messages >> Sent and then click on "more details", because you originated the message.
I only saw one red poppy at side of stonehenge way with other wild flowers. I am surprised you got these beautiful one in scothland and too late in the season.
I saw many crows of puppies in monuments and in churches paying homage to the veterans.
I can understand how your country and a big part of your youth were lost during these wars. our veterans in II war usually are forgot, especially after the democratic period we are living.
I am happy my hometown was founded in 1948 and after that brazil didn't face any war, despite continuous "civil war" we are living in these last decades. more than 60,000 people are killed here every year.
the shapes and the color effect of your image are fantastic. cheers!