Remembering World War One
4th August 2014 marks 100 years since the world found itself engulfed in a catastrophic war that resulted in a lifetime of repercussions.
A heavy loss is felt in every town and village across Europe. Families, to this day, feel the effects of the First World War which caused more than 37 million casualties, ranking it among the deadliest conflicts in human history.
The war left a poisonous legacy of resentment; many issues that were left unresolved lead to the further catastrophic Second World War. 1914-1918 was a period in history that has proved culturally resonant for the last hundred years and will continue to do so for many years to come.
Over many years the poppy has become a national symbol of peace and remembrance to the soldiers that were lost in battle, due to their natural resilience in disturbed conditions.
Scarlet corn poppies grow naturally in these conditions throughout Western Europe, particularly in the fields of Northern France and Flanders.
When the war was over, the poppy was one of the only plants to grow on the otherwise barren battlefields.
This November, The Royal British Legion will plant rows upon rows of bright and colourful poppies in the grounds of Lydiard Park - each one bearing a personal message of Remembrance to those that paid a heavy price for freedom.
‘Plant a Poppy’ is a unique opportunity to show your support and by joining in with this special tribute, you too can ensure that those who fight for freedom today are honoured for years to come.
In Flanders Fields
“If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.”
– John McCrae
To find out how you can join the nation in commemorating the millions of men and women that were lost, visit: The Royal British Legion: Plant a Poppy http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/remembrance/how-the-nation-remembers/plant-a-poppy/plant-a-poppy