Sunday, November 8, 2009

We will remember them.....


I grew up in Scotland, where Veteran's Day is called Remembrance Day, sometimes even Poppy Day, because we all wore red poppies in remembrance, something I don't see in the US but if you are interested, the history can be found here.

It falls on the same day, the 11th of November, and if it fell on a weekday, all the schools attended a church ceremony and we observed a two minute silence at 11am to honor the fallen. As a child, I probably fidgeted a lot during that two minutes, and didn't appreciate the symbolism of it. As an adult, who became part of the military family, who has friends serving overseas and who has lost friends to war, I fully appreciate it now.

Life has become so busy now, I can't imagine it stopping for two minutes during the work week, but if you take two minutes to watch this video, as you do so, please send out good thoughts and prayers to all our heroes of every nation serving in harms way. The video shows the very moving part of the annual ceremony of remembrance at the Albert Hall in London where poppies are released over representatives of all branches of the British armed forces to symbolize the fallen. I remember hearing once that there was one poppy for every fallen British hero, which makes it even more sobering to watch.

Until everyone comes home, we should remember.

7 comments:

Gina said...

Wow this was so moving. Thanks for the link with the history too, learned something new.

peggysue said...

That is such a moving video. Thanks for sharing. Hard to know what to sy to honor our fallen soldiers. And yes, you were the impetus for me to check out the Operation Write Home web site. I've sent packets of cards before overseas through friends online who have military spouses but its nice to have it organized in the way that group of ladies does . . . and you are such a faithful stamper for that cause.

Diane said...

Amazing! So humbling to think of those throughout the world who offer themselves in sacrifice for the good of others. Very moving to watch. What a remarkable ceremony! Thanks for sharing.

Dawn said...

What a nice blog you have here. I am after you on the blog hop for owh, I just wanted to stop in and say hello!

My post will be up 9am eastern time, cause I can't figure out pst time...LOL

Hope you have fun, thanks for hopping along!

Dawn

Scrapin Kat said...

Thank you!
Hop Hop!

Scrapping Mom said...

Wow thank you so much for the information. I remember when I was younger The verterans would be on the side of the road when we would stop my grand mother would give a donation and they would give us a red poppy to wear on our shirts.
I haven't seen them anymore. You brought back memories for me.
Thank you so much for sharing.

ChaosMom said...

I remember the vets selling poppies after church on certain Sunday's - fond memories - but never fully understood the meaning behind it and how the tradition came about --- THANK YOU for sharing that bit of history! THANKS for sharing your talent with our troops - all of them! Your work is beautiful!!! TFS!

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