November 11, 2011
The poppy comes from the poem “In Flanders Fields” which refers to the poppies that bloomed in the fields where the battles of WW1 had just been fought. Their red color was taken as a symbol of the blood that was spilled.
If I had a poppy I would wear it with pride. It’s not a political stance, just a simple act of respect and remembrance.
At eleven O’clock today (11/11) in England, people will pause, buses will stop, stores will cease trading, and a minute of silence will take place, a moment to reflect on what who we lost, and what we gained.