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We shall keep the faith

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Remembrance Sunday, South Shields

Remembrance Sunday 2008 #3.

Oh! You who sleep in Flanders’ fields,
Sleep sweet – to rise anew;
We caught the torch you threw;
And holding high we kept
The faith with those who died.
We cherish, too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valour led.
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders’ Fields.
And now the torch and poppy red
Wear in honour of our dead
Fear not that ye have died for naught
We’ve learned the lesson that ye taught
In Flanders’ Fields.

Moina Michael 1918

Moina is attributed to starting the tradition of wearing the red poppy of remembrance after she wrote the above poem, it was in response to Col. John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders’ Fields”.

The picture above shows some of the wreaths left at South Shields’ War Memorial, the Cenotaph at Westoe on Sunday morning, including one from the remaining local members of the Normandy Veterans Associetion.

Yesterday on the 90th. Anniversary of the Armistice we held a special ceremony and the customary two minutes silence in the West Park, pictures here.

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 82mm lens, 1/250 second, f4, iso 200


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Written by curly

November 12, 2008 at 12:01 am

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  1. Curly, I am very impressed by the number of western European bloggers who posted Armistice Day (your Remembrance Day) photos. Yesterday I read an account of why our countries differ. As a child I wore poppies and was part of the 2 minute pause at 11 on November 11th, but that has changed now because our day has been redefined as “Veterans Day” to honour participants of all wars. This effectively took the emphasis off WWI because of the inclusion of the other wars. We still have public ceremonies but none that matches yours. Thank you for your post!!


    November 12, 2008 at 12:35 pm

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