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photoblog image In Flanders fields the poppies blow...

In Flanders fields the poppies blow...

The poppies belong to my favourite flowers since childhood days - we found them growing in the cornfields together with the blue cornflowers. The latter ones vanished, sadly, but the poppies returned adorning the edges of the streets in the summertime. The most  poppies, different sorts of poppies, I saw in England, and everybody knows their symbolic meaning, even the footballers in Wembley Stadion were wearing a poppy.

The French people choose as I heard the blue cornflower as symbol for their Remembrance Day.  Today on the Volkstrauertag/ National Day of Mourning (and on some other days) we too commemorate those who died in the wars and were victims of violence. The song "Ich hatt' einen Kameraden" is played then at the cermonies.

 

In Dalemain Gardens we gazed at the beautiful Lady Bird Poppies, but on these remembrance days their black patches could look like tears in my view.

The war memorial tablet on the left I saw in Canterbury Cathedral, dedicated by the Royal Air Forces Association. When we entered the cathedral, the first words we read engraved on the pavement were: "Remember the FIRE WATCHERS who saved this building and others in the city from destruction during the war 1939-1945" - yes, the horrible German history is catching up with us wherever we are in Europe.

 

Where have  all the flowers gone...tr. in 26 languages: http://www.antiwarsongs.org/canzone.php?id=2

 

 

 

 

 

In Flanders fields the poppies blow...

The poppies belong to my favourite flowers since childhood days - we found them growing in the cornfields together with the blue cornflowers. The latter ones vanished, sadly, but the poppies returned adorning the edges of the streets in the summertime. The most  poppies, different sorts of poppies, I saw in England, and everybody knows their symbolic meaning, even the footballers in Wembley Stadion were wearing a poppy.

The French people choose as I heard the blue cornflower as symbol for their Remembrance Day.  Today on the Volkstrauertag/ National Day of Mourning (and on some other days) we too commemorate those who died in the wars and were victims of violence. The song "Ich hatt' einen Kameraden" is played then at the cermonies.

 

In Dalemain Gardens we gazed at the beautiful Lady Bird Poppies, but on these remembrance days their black patches could look like tears in my view.

The war memorial tablet on the left I saw in Canterbury Cathedral, dedicated by the Royal Air Forces Association. When we entered the cathedral, the first words we read engraved on the pavement were: "Remember the FIRE WATCHERS who saved this building and others in the city from destruction during the war 1939-1945" - yes, the horrible German history is catching up with us wherever we are in Europe.

 

Where have  all the flowers gone...tr. in 26 languages: http://www.antiwarsongs.org/canzone.php?id=2

 

 

 

 

 

comments (13)

Between the crosses, row on row,
This is a beautiful collage Philine... and i like your reference to the tears from the poppies black patches....petersmile
Philine: Thank you very much, peter!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Nov 2011, 09:17
We have memorials everywhere Philine. Everybody suffered: as is witnessed in this book I am currently reading about the citizens of Berlin

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/7926798/Berlin-at-War-by-Roger-Moorhouse-review.html
Philine: Thank you, Chris, for your comment -Chad already wrote about this book he read with great interest and condolence. I should read it, too - but now I am occupied with studies about WWI in a seminar of the Open University here (only oldies, and quite more men than women who are interested in this subject of history, some of them know each battle of the war...)
  • Alan
  • Near Romsey, UK
  • 13 Nov 2011, 09:25
There are victims on all sides of any conflict, Philine; each doing what they were believed in at the time (or were ordered to by their leaders). The poppy is a beautiful flower as your rightly say. It makes you wonder about the particular person who is remembered int eh war shown in Canterbury Cathedral and in my own image today.
Philine: Yes, you are right, thank you very much, Alan, for your words! It makes us wonder that the young, often well educated men were so influenced and inspired by such a fatal ideology that must lead them into the death.
A very fitting tribute, Philine.
Philine: Thank you, Mary, for your comment! The poppy is also a symbol of remembrance in Canada. And the Canadian military doctor and artillery commander Major John McCrae wrote this very moving poem "InFlanders fields...".
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Nov 2011, 12:17
Poppies are among the most beautiful of wildflowers, Philine.
Philine: Yes, I agree with you- thank you very much for your comments, Ray!
Kathryn and I went to the remembrance parade this morning while Ange did Sunday dinner for all the family. We owe it to those who died in war to do all we can to stop wars. Electing better leaders would be a start
Philine: Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Bill! Yes, there are many memorials everywhere, esp. in the 'Deutscher Bundestag'. I am commemorating this terrible war "with the spirit of remembrance in my mind" (as Chris said) while studying documents about the WWI to prepare the next history lesson at the university. The British link you mentioned today on your blog I'll mail to our teacher.
Another fine collage on SC to remember what this day is all about.
Philine: Thank you, Brian, for your kind words. Yes, there are some touching postings two days ago and today considering the Rembrance Day. On TV I 'll watch tonight the Remembrance memorials in London, Berlin ...
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 14 Nov 2011, 05:56
"Where have all the flowers gone" was such a big song for us in college during the 60s, Philine, during the Vietnam war. I'll never forget those days. And yes, those poppies are favorites of mine, too. Beautiful collage, in remembrance.
Philine: Yes, I was a fan of Joan Baez singing this song- and some months ago she came to Münster- and at the end of their performance she sang this famous song again and all visitors sang with her -it was moving -she and Bob Dylan are my generation!
  • lisl
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Nov 2011, 07:26
Another evocative picture for the past few days of Remembrance
Philine: Thank you, Lisl!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 14 Nov 2011, 07:35
A very nice collage.
A wonderful tribute, poppies are such beautiful flowers.
Philine: Heel bedankt, Astrid!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 14 Nov 2011, 07:44
Where have all the young me gone?
Gone to graveyards everyone
When will they ever learn (2x)


The 'they' in this song will refer to the politicians.
Philine: Yes, I understand well your point! Thank you, Louis!
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 14 Nov 2011, 09:02
I am fond of cornflowers Philine. The German people were led a merry dance down a disastrous road where only misery appeared at whatever turning.
Philine: Like you I love cornflowers- but they have gone from the fields...- Considering the WWI the German and Austrian-Hungarian monarchs and their stupid counsellors and a generally fatal blocks- thinking in Europe did led to this terrible war. Considering the WWII don't let us forget: The Germans (although not all) permitted and often they were enthousiast to be led such a very disastrous road and a horrible way; others collaborated with the NS- regime or didn't react early enough on this dangerous and evil NS-regime.
These are beautiful ones!
In Holland the date of November 11 is associated with the start of the carnaval season and not with the end of the "Great War". The Netherlands were a 'neutral' country in those days, more or less like Switzerland nowadays.
Philine: Heel bedankt, Wim! Ja, we hadden op laatste Zondag onze Remembrance Day (and on some other days)- 11/11/11 is ook bij ons het begin van carnaval geweest en een favoriete dag voor een huwelijk.
Ja, ik ben goed geinformeerd over de Eerste Wereld-Oorlog sinds ik aan een erg belangrijke seminaar op onze universiteit over "Die Urkatastrophe des 20.Jahrhunderts" =WWI kan deelnemen. NL was neutraal, maar Belgie hadde heel veel te leiden ..., tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog was de situatie dan heel boos en moeilijk ook in NL zoals we alle weten...

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