Poppies a symbol of sacrifice

The Famous poem ‘In Flanders fields’ led to the adoption of the poppy as the symbol of sacrifice of the Great War for what has become the British Commonwealth of nations. However, the poppy as an emblem to be worn in remembrance of the war dead was conceived by an American woman Moina Michael who was working with the YMCA in New York on November 9th 1918 among US servicemen about to depart for France.
By 1921 the poppy had been adopted by the various organisations in Britain formed to assist war veterans and their families particularly the disabled. The annual fundraising under the aegis of the Earl Haig appeal began. Haigs name would appear on the central black button of the poppy for many years.
Now to mark the centeniary of the Armistace in 1918 members of the project n North Shields are knitting many thousands of poppies to put on display in November 2018 throughout the many cemeteries in the area.

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