Remembrance Day 11.11.2016
Remembrance Day to me is one of the most important days in the year. It is a time for reflection as well as a time to look forward. Being a reservist in the Royal Navy Reserves I find this day a particularly poignant one.
The first remembrance was introduced in 1919 by King George V and Poppies were first worn during the 1921 ceremonies which were real poppies. These symbolised the poppies blooms that spread across some of the worst battle fields of Flanders in WW1 and became a symbol. Recognisable Poems and literature also help depict a time gone by such as ‘In Flanders Fields’ written by Lieutenant- Colonel John McCrae.
So where do trees come into this? Well trees have been planted over millennia in order to ceremerate and celebrate people and events. During WW1 Trees played an inavaluable part in the war effort enabling the construction of the trenches in France and keeping the home fires kept burning.
At the end of the First World War a number of Oak trees were planted to remember those fallen during the war. Over 100 years on and these oaks stand tall as a lasting legacy to those brave men and woman.
The national Aboritum, Cannock, was planted with over 30,000 trees, in remembrance to those of all nations who has given their lives for peace. ‘The trees are planted to enhance the symbolism found across the Arboretum. Everything is planned and considered and these living memorials create a tranquillity and sense of peace across the 150-acre site’. – National Memorial Arboretum
We all know of men and woman who serve or have served in the British forces and this is a time to remember that those who gave their tomorrow for our today.
‘With the going down of the sun, we will remember them’
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