In Flanders Fields-A History and Commentary

In Flanders Fields-A History and Commentary

Flanders Poppy on the First World War battlefields.

The link goes to The Great War 1914-1918. It is the consummate blog/site on WW1 from the point of view of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and The Commonwealth…….

Some of what follows is my commentary. The link has the history.

It opens with the poem so many of us learned as youngsters in school and from old war horses that were part of our lives.

Armistice Day, Remembrance Day, Veterans Day. All are appropriate. I still use Remembrance Day as a result of my time living north of the 49th in Alberta, Canada. My true initial experience that I remember is as follows:

We had moved to County Forty Mile Alberta in the fall of 1968 when my Mother took a teaching position in a school out on the prairies of Southern Alberta. On November 11 the CBC and CTV carried the ceremonies from the Canadian Tomb of The Unknown in Ottawa, across the street from the parliament building. The Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau and The Governor General of Canada, Roland Michener laid wreaths that day at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month……………..The entire country came to a halt at that point………………..Awesome to see even on a small black and white TV.

In addition to the poem there are links to other articles on the Great War site relating to the actions in Flanders…………………..

As a side note, my great grandfather Wambeke came to this country from near Ypres in Flanders after WW1…………

Haig Fund Poppy



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