Today is Remembrance Sunday in Great Britain. It’s the day to remember all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, though here in the States we call it Memorial Day. At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 the guns finally fell silent to end the Great War, and the second Sunday in November is the official observance of all wars. Parades and laying of poppy wreaths are held in solemn honor.
The poppy flower has been taken to symbolize the remembrance due to a poem written by Lt. Col. John McCrea. He was inspired to write it in May 1915 for the funeral of a fellow comrade in arms who died in the Second Battle of Ypres after noting how the poppies quickly grew over the graves of the soldiers on Flanders fields.