The first event the newly elected School Council helped with was to sell poppies to help raise funds for the Royal British Legion, who provide lifelong support for the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air-force, Reservists, veterans and their families.
They were highly organised and very eager to sell as many as they could. Thank you to all those people who bought a poppy from them.
In Flanders Fields
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 the 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.
This is a lovely poem but it is also a poem with a message. It says that it is passing on the torch – do you know what that might mean?
The writer of the poem wanted the horror that he had seen to be remembered so that the sacrifice of those that had fought would not be forgotten.
After the war was over some people just wanted to forget about it because millions of people had been killed or hurt. But so many people had been involved others thought it should be remembered. They hoped that if people remembered how bad war was it might not happen again. Because the poppy had grown on the battlefields of Western Europe where so many men had fought it was adopted as a symbol. A symbol helps us to remember, but the symbol was not to be sad by using the flower, it was to be a symbol of hope. The poppy had been the only thing that had still grown on the battlefields amongst so much fighting – it was a little flower of hope that showed that things could survive even when the whole world seemed to be in a terrible mess.
People have been wearing a poppy every November for nearly 100 years – isn’t it good that you are helping to keep alive a belief in hope after so many years. So when we wear the poppy we are thinking about the terrible wars that make everything bad, but we are also wearing a poppy because it gave people a feeling of hope. We are reminding those around us that the poppy was chosen so that we would learn about those men and women from the past and those now who go and do dangerous things in the Army, Navy and Air Force.
Also we are doing what John McCrae asked as well – we/you are making sure that all those people who have been killed in wars will be thought about at least one day of the year. If enough people think about that then we might start being able to stop wars.