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
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