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Remembrance Day Poppies for Sale

19/10/2017

Remembrance Poppies

In support of Remembrance Sunday on 12th November 2017, Miss Leake of Blackburn Central High School has made some glittery poppies. These will be on sale for £1 each, with all money going towards The Royal British Legion.

The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem “In Flanders Fields” written by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. After reading the poem, Moina Michael, a professor at the University of Georgia, wrote the poem, “We Shall Remember,” and swore to wear a red poppy on the anniversary.

In the UK Major George Howson fostered the cause with the support of General Haig. Poppies were worn for the first time at the 1921 anniversary ceremony. At first real poppies were worn. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I; their brilliant red colour became a symbol for the blood spilled in the war.

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