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The poppy is a symbol of remembrance of the sacrifices made in past wars. Poppies grow naturally in conditions of disturbed earth and flourished in the battlefields of the Napoleonic wars and then in the fields of Northern France and Flanders following the World War One. The significance of the poppy as a lasting memorial symbol to the fallen was recognized by the Canadian surgeon John McCrae in his poem “In Flanders Fields”.

To me the poppy symbolises the memory of all our loved ones who have passed into spirit.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.