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Rememberance Day is a special day to remember all men and women who were killed during the first world war and other conflicts.
At 11 o’clock on that day, everyone is asked to be silent for just one minute.
It is commemorated in the Commonwealth and in several European countries.

It was created by King George V of the United Kingdom on November 7th, 1919 upon the suggestion of Edward George Honey.

Today the poppy is worn on Remembrance Day.

The poppy's significance to Remembrance Day is a result of John McCrae's (1872-1918) poem "In Flanders Fields". The poppy emblem was chosen because of the poppies that bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their red colour an appropriate symbol for the bloodshed of trench warfare. A French woman by the name of Madame E. Guérin introduced the widely used artificial poppies given out today. (Typically, these artificial poppies are given freely, though nearly all who accept them offer a small donation in return. $1.00 is common in Canada.) Some people choose to wear white poppies, which emphasises a desire for peaceful alternatives to military action.
(extracted from wikipedia.org)


to remember - se rappeler, se souvenir
war - la guerre
world war - guerre mondiale
poppy - coquelicot
field - champ
battlefields - champs de bataille
to bloom - fleurir
Flanders - les Flandres (nord de la France)
trench - tranchée
freely - gratuitement
peaceful - pacifique, de paix

In Flanders Fields

Patrick's recording

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.

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interactive adventure civilization.ca

movie clip saskstories.ca

"In Flanders fields" poem eaglesweb.com

school site ac-bordeaux.fr

school site woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk

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