Today is Rememberance day. The 11th day of the 11th month at 11am, we observe a minute of silence to remember the soldiers who fought for our country, and now, also those who fought for their own country.
In 1918, this was the date and time that the treaty ending WW1 was signed. The treaty of Versailles. The red poppy has become the symbol of Rememberance Day. Silk poppies were first sold by the Returned Soldiers League (RSL) in 1921, to raise money for returned soldier’s and their families, especially the families of soldiers who’d been killed.
Poppies were used because they were the first flowers to pop up on the fields of Flanders after the end of the First World War. The first bursts of colour, growing through the battle fields, after the war. Red for the blood that had been leached into the ground, to symbolise the atrocities of war, sacrifices made by many, in the name of democracy and freedom of speech. This period in time helped define the ANZAC spirit, helped give us the identity and personality of our nation.
Lest we forget.