“We shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders fields.” – John McCrae.
The 11th of November marks the end of the first World War and is the official day of remembrance. Remembrance Day is when the British population come together to remember and honour those we lost in the fight to secure and protect Great Britain’s freedom.
Remembrance ceremonies are held at over 100,000 war memorials across Britain. The most notable ceremony is that which is held at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on the Sunday closest to the 11th of November: The National Service of Remembrance.
Britain has several traditions in regards to Remembrance Day – the two most common being the 2 minute silence and the wearing of a red poppy.
The symbolism surrounding the poppy originated from Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae’s famous 1915 war poem “In Flanders Field”. The popularity of the poem and its reference to the iconic flower created the pathway of using poppies as a way to raise money and awareness for our wartime veterans. Poppies were worn for the first time at the 1921 anniversary ceremony and they were in fact real poppies.
Poppies are still used today but now they aren’t solely used to commemorate the heroes of the World Wars. Remembrance day has evolved to remember all those who have served Britain – since 1945 some 3,500 servicemen and women have been killed or injured fighting for our country.
We are honoured to have been given numerous opportunities to create online books in memory of those who have dedicated their lives for us, the British public. Online memorial books such as the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, Royal Army Medical Corps and The RAF Association are projects we consider close to our heart and we will be thinking of those who have been honoured within those books this Remembrance day.
If you would like to raise awareness, increase engagement and funds for your charity or project or simply honour loved ones, contact us to find out how we can create an online book for you.