Poppies

Army, Art, Poetry, Remembrance
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Wave – On display outside Imperial War Museum North (p) Brian F Kirkham Sept 2018

Red poppies are flowing down the top of the earth shard of IWM North

Each poppy was created to remember those who fell in the war to end all wars

Memorial to the host of soldiers who went to the front

Expecting to be home by Christmas

Men not only from the home nations,

But the commonwealth and allies from Europe too

Regiments who met and fought on a field in flanders

As part of the first world war centenary, this artwork is a

Noted reminder, of those who went away to fight and

Came to rest in a foreign field

Each one remembered in the symbol of the poppy

Armistice

Acrostic, Airforce, Army, Military, Navy, Poetry, Poppy, Remembrance, War

11th November 2017

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As the accord was signed

Regiments over the battlefields of europe

Made safe their weaponry, as commanding officers

Instructed their men to stop shooting

So they stayed at their post

Till the time was declared by those in charge

It’s time for the firing to stop , lads –

Come back home, you’re needed here

Enjoy the boat ride back.

More on remembrance in the archive :

https://inkdropblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/11/two-minute-silence

https://inkdropblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/remembrance/

https://inkdropblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/memorial/

https://inkdropblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/08/remembrance-sunday/

https://inkdropblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/the-guns-fall-silent

Two Minute Silence

Historical, Memorial, Museum, Poppy, Remembrance, War

11th November 2016

Imperial War Museum North, Trafford, Manchester

It was Armistice Day today

I was attending Imperial war museum north, in preparation for their Volunteer Celebration Choir with the Museum of Science and Industry and The Manchester Museum

But for Two minutes today – we stood in silence to remember those who fought and were lost in two world wars.

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We then watched the film , Remembrance, which gave some poignant reminders of why the date is kept, to honour all those fallen in conflict.

The day before, I’d been at my spot in the museum – helping relatives of first world war soldiers remember their relations and share their stories with the nation on the Lives of the First World War Database

Remembrance

Memorial

Remembrance Sunday

Thought

Remembrance

Candle

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Sat in solemnity

the light brightens

the dark of midnight

 

Prayer for a loved one

the young old, the sick, the traveller,

kept in a moment of action

 

The light travels far

directing the thoughts of those

who’s thinking about their own

 

And the wax melts

tears of sadness or joy

fall in line down in line

 

And as the light continues to shine

the sign of the holders

shines out for all to see

Remembrance Sunday

Memorial, Poppy, Remembrance, War

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It was Remembrance Sunday today.

I went to church this morning at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Josephs RC in Ordsall, Salford, where we remembered all those who fell in conflict.  The church Belfry was rebuilt in 1924 as a Memorial to those who died in the first world war and the Altar Windows commemorate those who lost their lives in the Second World War.  A poppy wreath was laid before the Offertory procession.

What made it poignant was the fact the procession of the poppy wreath was led by the Junior members of the congregation.  Alan, a senior member of the congregation gave the solemn promise that goes back to the original time

“At the going down of the sun…we will remember them”

IWM North will be commemorating Remembrance week this week,  I wrote an acrostic last year in commemoration of the occasion.  The link is below.

https://inkdropblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/remembrance/

The Guns Fall Silent

Historical, History, Memorial, Museum, Museums, Poetry, Remembrance, War, Weaponry, World War I

A poem commemorating the anniversary of world war I,

(The photograph : taken at Imperial War Museum, the field gun that fired the first shot of World war I)

The shells were stopped
and Rifles were dropped
on a place , of a Belgian field
war was ceased, and peace revealed
on a field in Flanders.

A Silence fell,
on this muddy hell
Release and Relief showed on the face
of every Brit and German placed
on a field in Flanders

Agreements made
and shells laid
down without being fired
as a peace (of sorts) was inspired
on a field in Flanders

And Guns on the left
and Guns on the right
stayed silent together that night
as warring factions stopped the fight
on a field in Flanders.

Two Minute Silence

The Field Gun

Remembrance