The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month
By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis
Today we honour the end of hostilities that formally ended at the “11th hour of the 11th day of the the 11th month” in 1918.
It’s a day to remember the members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty and their families.
But, most importantly, it’s a day to remember the ramifications of war and to say “thank you” and show a heartfelt form of gratitude to those who have died in the line of duty and the veterans, for the cost that’s been paid on our behalf for freedom and peace.
Remembrance Day is more than just wearing a poppy. It’s knowing the history in which this tradition came.
The use of the poppy was inspired by the World War I poem, In Flanders Fields written by Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae on May 3, 1915 after witnessing the death of his friend, a fellow soldier, the day before. Its opening lines refer to the many poppies that were the first flowers to grow in the churned-up earth of soldiers’ graves in Flanders. – From Wikipedia
Here is the beginning of the poem:
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
– From Wikipedia
If you weren’t able to pause for a minute’s silence at 11:00 a.m. this morning as is custom, take some time today to pause and reflect on the cost in the time of World War I that has been paid for the life and freedom we now enjoy as citizens.
A special thank you with heartfelt gratitude to veterans, soldiers, and their families. We remember and think of you today.