Video of World War One Poem spelt out in Poppies across England, Wales and France.
For the Video - In the link Go to Drone captures WW1 Poem written in poppies across locations in England, Wales and France.
Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD was a Canadian poet, physician, author, artist and soldier during World War I, and a surgeon during the Second Battle of Ypres, in Belgium. Born: 30 November 1872, Guelph, Canada. Died: 28 January 1918, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France Buried: Wimereux Cemetery, Wimereux.
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”.
Before he died McCrae was aware of the success of his poem. It had become the most popular poem of World War 1, being translated into many languages. In 1917 in Canada it was used in advertising for Victory Loan Bonds, the aim being to raise $150,000,000 the result was a staggering $400,000,000.
PS It's been done by the Royal British Legion to launch this year's Poppy Appeal to help veterans of the armed forces. Another excellent project by them!
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Thanks for posting that, Marie.
Is that a memorial to the war that I saw in one shot? Staffordshire, I think it was.
Cynthia yes it is. The War memorial in Staffordshire is The National Memorial Arboretum. It is a national site of remembrance at Alrewas, near Lichfield, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Some of the other features of the National Memorial Arboretum are described - many photos. See Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Memorial_Arboretum