WW1 Photos Centenary Website: 2014-2018 By Paul Reed

Remembrance: The First Poppy Day

Today is 11th November; 95 years ago today at 11am the fighting on the Western Front came to an end.

This image is from the front cover of a small leaflet that was produced for the first Poppy Day in 1919 and was owned by the wife of Second Lieutenant Leonard Brown who died serving with the East Surrey Regiment in Flanders in 1918; after nearly four years on the Western Front, having been commissioned from the ranks.

Nearly a century later the symbol of the Poppy endures and today in Ypres, at the Menin Gate, Poppy petals will fall from the ceiling in remembrance of that generation who marched to Flanders and is no more.

We Will Remember Them.

4 responses

  1. Jenny copeland

    What a great poster, the old ones are the best! We will remember them.

    11/11/2013 at 09:31

  2. paul

    I remember here in the States, Veterans handed out poppies, they were everywhere. Today failure of the American legion to continue the tradition is amazingly sad. I am a resent member of the legion, The American legion was organized 1919. Time to bring back the poppy and screw what the left thinks.

    11/11/2013 at 15:56

    • jnlaughton

      Yes bring back the poppy and I am from the Left!

      07/12/2013 at 00:54

    • Eric Halsall

      How very odd to think that people on the left are, by definition, opposed to this symbol of remembrance. The majority of those who died were certainly NOT from the right – and would be utterly bewildered by much of the thinking ascribed to the political right in the 21st century; not least in the States!

      12/04/2014 at 13:54

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