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In Flanders Fields the poppies blow

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Brits will wear red poppies and remember those who died that others might be free.

The Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal helps to support and protect the interests, welfare and memory of British serving and ex-Service people and their dependants. Around 10.5 million people - of all ages – are eligible to approach the Legion for support.

It is hoped that the 2006 appeal will raise a record £26 million. For more information, please see the Legion.

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.

"In Flanders Fields" was written in World War One, on the field of battle in 1915 by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD, Canadian Army (1872-1918)


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