Poppies

Today was Remembrance Sunday. I marched in the parade in our small town to the Memorial, where hundreds of people gathered to hear the ceremony. I looked around me at all the children’s faces, and realised there were probably 200 children there, all dressed in the uniforms of the ATC, the Brownies the Guides, Cubs and Scouts, and the St John Ambulance Cadets. It was so nice that we all gave up two hours of a cold, drizzly Sunday morning, marched and remembered together.  As, of course,  we should.

And we heard these words:

“When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, 
For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today ”

It brings tears to my eyes every time.  

(By the way, the words are attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds (1875 -1958), who was an English Classicist, who put them together among a collection of 12 epitaphs for World War One in 1916).

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2 Responses to “Poppies”


  1. 1 flighty 11 November 2007 at 9:45 pm

    Good for you! I feel that it’s so important that younger people commemorate this to ensure that it is remembered in the future.

  2. 2 Liz 15 November 2007 at 2:42 am

    wow.. i never heard that quote before. it gave me chills and yet it’s a very hot spring day here in Sydney! thank you!


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