Published on November 8th, 2018 | by Sam Rose
Lest We Forget the Fallen on Armistice Day
This year’s Armistice Day will mark 100 years since the armistice was signed between the Allies of World War 1 and Germany.
Every year, Britain and many other Commonwealth countries gather to commemorate those who lost their lives during the World Wars on Armistice Day. The 11th of November is the poignant date in which the Allies of World War 1 and Germany signed an armistice which would signal the end of the war and the cease of hostility. It is an event recognized by countries including Belgium, France, the United Kingdom and many others. Armistice Day is best signified by the Poppy flower, which serves as a stark reminder of the sacrifice and bravery of those who gave their up livelihood towards protecting their country. Armistice Day is followed by Remembrance Sunday, which is another day that pays tribute and honors all who fought in the First World War and all other subsequent conflicts.
Symbolism of the Poppy
It’s likely this month that you will have seen people in the street, people on television and seen other variations of wearing the Poppy flower. The Poppy is used in remembrance of those who risked their lives in battle, as Poppy flowers grew on the battlefields of Flanders shortly after the First World War ended. The use of Poppies as a symbol of tribute to the fallen is featured in the poem, In Flanders Fields. An excerpt of the poem gives reference to how the Poppy flowers grew within soldier graveyards.
“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”
The act of proudly wearing a Poppy flower began in 1921. This was the same year in which the Royal British Legion was founded. These original Poppies weren’t made from paper as they are currently. Instead, they were made of silk. The Poppies became so popular as a symbolic gesture to honor those who served in the war that a factory was then set up in 1922 to produce them on a wider scale. The workers within the factory were disabled former soldiers and the factory still exists and is still in active production in the present day.
How the RAF Went Beyond the Trenches
Whilst we pay tribute and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country with the war on foot this Armistice Day, it also serves as a time to commemorate the brave efforts of the RAF. The RAF pilots played a crucial role in providing surveillance to Army infantry along with their daring ventures into enemy territory. It was determined that the RAF pilots and aircraft were able to gather as much enemy intelligence in the space of 4 hours as a regular on foot patrol could within 24. When the enemy adapted their attack to involve aircraft, the RAF took to the skies in order to attempt to fight back against the brutal conflict that was taking place.
Earlier this year the RAF celebrated 100 years since its formation, aligning it with 100 years to commemorate Armistice Day. The importance of both the RAF and the many other brave individuals who fought valiantly to protect our country cannot be understated. Their courage, determination and heroism shines just as bright today as it would have 100 years ago. Lest we forget the fallen on Armistice Day.
Armistice Day Giveaway
Congratulations to our recent giveaway winner, Richard from Nottingham who will receive a Great War 1918 Presentation Pack and an RAF Centenary Coin cover.