• “Forever Grateful” Representing the Poppy & the Royal British Legion

“Forever Grateful” Representing the Poppy & the Royal British Legion

In my own family I am deeply honored and proud of family who has served our country, home or abroad. I have honored those who served from my family at the end of this page.

I created this shadow box design in 2015, but it failed to correctly fire and had to be put to one side. I was delighted that I re-created this piece successfully in August 2017.

This design features a barren land, filled with only dotted red poppies, to represent the symbol of the British Legion, the poppy appeal and the selfless sacrifice given for our way of life today, we are honored to live life freely in the UK.

About the poppy and how it came to symbolise the sacrifice past and present, at home or away:

The British Legion Poppy Logo

It was during the First World War a Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae wrote the poem “In Flanders Fields”. He was inspired to write it on May 3, 1915 and it reads as follows:

“In Flanders fields the poppies grow
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”

By: Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae

Above: Immortalised in marble the poem “In Flanders fields”.

I treasure the way of life I live in the UK and below are a small selection of photographs of my late family in uniform. I will be “Forever Grateful” and love them deeply, as I do all my family:


Sources:

The British Legion: http://www.britishlegion.org.uk


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