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2013 Red Poppy Day - Reflection and Remembrance

 

The First World War officially ended on the eleventh hour on the eleventh day on the eleventh month, 1918 - Armistice Day. The act of a Two Minute Silence began on the anniversary of Armistice Day in 1919 by those who did not want to forget the millions killed, injured and affected, now generally called Remembrance Day also known as Poppy Day.

 

 


Millions of people stop what they are doing and observe a Two Minute Silence at 11am on 11 November each year in memory of those who have been affected in all conflicts.

 

What does poppy denote?

 

Poppies denote sleep, rest and repose. In Greek mythology they were used as offerings to the deceased as symbols for eternal sleep. They also signified the promise of resurrection and eternal life. Growing in the fields of Flanders, they brought life, warmth, colour, reassurance and hope to the soldiers. This November, as nature goes into its winter slumber, take time to reflect on your life and the things you've achieved this year and enjoy this time of repose and calm.

Our thoughts on this day are our own and each one of us will remember in a unique way.

 

All the experiences and decisions made by family, who have lived their lives before us, have a bearing on our lives today. Our heritage is part of us, wrapped up with memories, and the family stories we have heard during our lives. In your family there will be a history of how conflict throughout the years has affected those that you are linked to by love.

 

Poppies as a sign of rememberance

 

Britain’s Prime Minister during World War II, Winston Churchill, delivered a memorable speech when he uttered the words ‘Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.’, and these words still stand true today.

 

When we remember those who have gone to fight on our behalf in history and in this present day. We remember with gratitude the freedom we have today and celebrate the democracy we enjoy. To live, without let or hindrance, holding our own political views and practising our religious beliefs. The right to vote for those who steer our governmental ships and shape our laws, who also make the decisions that start and end wars.

For many remembrance is not only held on this day, it happens every day. Conflict is still rife in our world and we are all touched by it in some way, some far more personal and heartfelt than others.

 

There are many who have been injured in conflict, whose lives have changed forever, with so many families affected.

 

In remembrance we create our thoughts to send love to those who need it. We light candles in our homes and churches, place poppy wreaths at war memorials and flowers and items of significance in places that hold memories for those we love and for those who have lost loved ones. The remembrance poppy emblem has been used since 1920 to commemorate soldiers who have died in war, inspired by the World War I poem "In Flanders Fields" by the Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.

 

We remember those we love who are no longer in our lives, other souls who have lost their loved ones and pray for those who step into deadly situations every day. We hold hope and pray for peace. Our thoughts raise the loving energy in those moments for the faith that one day we can all live together in peace.

 

We all join together, for a few moments in time, united in love and thought. And remember, if you need a little more insights and comforting during this period, our readers @ thecircle.com are here for you 24/7

 
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