“In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,”
The red remembrance poppy, inspired by the WWI poem “In Flanders Fields” was first adopted by our neighbours to the south. The American Legion used the poppy to commemorate American soldiers who died in the WWI 1914-1918. Shortly thereafter, the poppy was embraced by military veterans’ groups in the Commonwealth: Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Small artificial poppies (like the one I wear) are now worn on lapels and clothing a few weeks before the actual Remembrance/Armistice Day service.
“Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity. Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.”
James Bryce (British politician, diplomat, and historian 1838 – 1922)