Field of Remembrance- Westminster Abbey: a British tribute to the veterans of the First World War

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Crosses planted by The Royal British Legion in a Field of Remembrance, London, Westminster Abbey, a tribute to the men and women who have served since the First World War

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Field of Remembrance- Westminster Abbey: a British tribute to the brave men and women who have served since the First World War

Over a decade ago I visited Westminster Abbey on a overcast and cold November day. I knew nothing of the British tradition of the Veterans Day remembrance of poppy displays, and was greatly moved by the display of so many, many poppies on these holy grounds, each in remembrance of a soldier lost. Similar to the Vietnam Memorial, the sheer volume made me feel like I was drowning, overwhelmed with the display of lives lost. I purchased one poppy, and place it on my Christmas tree each year as a remembrance of that intensely moving late autumn day.

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In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

by John McCrae

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