Today is Remembrance Day in Britain. It is also known around the world as Armistice Day, Memorial Day, Veteran's Day and Anzac Day. The First World War officially ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 and we remember those who lost their lives with a two minute silence at 11 am. Towns and cities across Britain commemorated Remembrance Day with civic services last Sunday which, as the second Sunday of November, is known as Remembrance Sunday.
The poppy has become the well known symbol of remembrance as it was made popular by the poem In Flanders Fields inspired by the sea of red flowers that thrived on some of the worst battlefields of the war.
My card today is humble in comparison.
I printed the sentiment directly onto hammered cream card which I folded in half. I added a red ribbon and bow.
The image is a stamp from Indigoblu called Poppy Heart. I coloured it with Polychromos and matted and layered it onto red card and gold pearlescent card. I finished the card with some black gems.
This year there is the added significance that it is 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. To commemorate the centenary a beautiful, but temporary, tribute has been created around the Tower of London. It is called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red and is made up of 888,246 red ceramic poppies. Each flower represents one soldier from Britain, Australia and the Commonwealth who lost their life in the war.
Each of these poppies has been sold to raise money for six charities involved in caring for the Armed Forces.
I think this is a most wonderful tribute and really brings the message home about just how many soldiers lost their lives. The poppies will now be removed from the tower but ...
We Shall Not Forget