Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Flanders Poppies

"In Flanders fields the poppies grow. Between the crosses, row on row." Canadian Dr. John McCrae penned these lines in early May 1915, during the Second Battle of Ypres. Our school paused for a minute at 11am today to mark the cessation of the first world war. My little vase of poppies stood at the front desk during the day. Because the children are taught about the significance of the poppy, every child who passed by the desk during the day understood why they were there and stopped for a closer loook. Some had never seen a poppy before - certainly not a Flanders poppy -and were entranced at their silky petals.

1 comment:

  1. and I am sure they will remember the signifigance of the flower for far longer than from the paper replicas.