I have just created 3 new needle felting kits for Remembrance Day. I always wear a poppy for November 11. Although, I haven't been to Flanders, I have seen the wild poppies in France. I tear up every time I think of them.
War is a terrible "thing," however, I am so proud of our Canadian poet, John McCrae, who wrote "In Flanders Fields" - a tremendous tribute to those who fell, were maimed or came back, not themselves. John McCrae was born in Guelph, where my father lives. In October, my Dad will be 104. He is a veteran of WW11.
I know that Veteran Affairs collects money from the sale of their poppies, however, over the years, these memorable flowers have become a little less wearable. I thought that it might be nice to have a more permanent pin to keep and wear every year. This is why I created poppy kits in needle felting, so that people could create a longer lasting, more natural looking poppy.
I will be donating $1.00 from the sale of each kit to Veteran Affairs, so they won't be out of pocket (you can still drop a loonie or two in their donation box) and can continue their good work.
However, what isn't readily available are the "other" poppies. The purple poppy to commemorate the animals that died in the line of "duty." If you have seen the movie, War Horse, you'll understand. The white poppy is for those who wish to promote Peace, even as we remember the bloodshed.
I have written other posts for remembrance day and remarked on other related poems. Here is a link, if you care to read. I never cease to know for who the bell tolls.
Have a memorable day!!