Opening lines of In Flanders Fields by John McCroes
This year the end of World War One a hundred years ago is being commemorated. It has passed from living history into historical records. Very few parishes are without a memorial to the dead from that war. The loss of life made an everlasting impact on society and it was never the same again.
The poppy is a recognizable symbol of that loss of life. Chosen as a very visible sign of the churned up battle fields returning to life. The red flower reminds us of the blood shed by so many. Throughout the country groups have been creating displays of poppies in all sorts of ways. Wear your poppy with pride.