Some thoughts on Remembrance Day and the Symbol of Sacrifice.

Rearview Mirror

The history of the Flanders poppy goes back to the time of the Great War. Red poppies were among the first signs of life to return in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium. In soldiers’ folklore, the bright red colours of the poppy came from the blood of their “mates” or comrades soaking the ground. In this wonderful illustration above by Harold H. Piffard, from Canada in Khaki magazine, circa 1917, red poppies are shown separating the war and peace. It is quite a striking image that was at the time of its publication, used to raise awareness of the plight of Canadian soldiers during the war, and help raise money for the Canadian War Memorial Fund.

I have no doubt that inspiration for Piffard’s The Thin Red Line came from one of the most popular and most quoted poems of the war – “In Flanders Fields”, written…

View original post 224 more words


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s