In Flanders Fields

The other day I saw a free design by Orange Elephant Embroidery. Obviously a design for a War Remembrance Day, but Flanders Fields I did not know. So I started to reseach and learnt that a poem with this name was written by a canadian officer, John Alexander McCrae, in 1915 out of sorrow about the death of a friend. In this poem he describes the scene on the burial ground where wild poppies grew between the many wooden crosses. His poem touched people deeply and so it became the most popular poem about World War One.

The truce that marked the end of fighting was made 100 years ago. In Belgium and English speaking countries this is honored by a holiday until today. But people could not live long in peace as only 20 years later on the 9th of November the murdering started again in Germany. As if there had been not enough death during the war.

So the poppy became the symbol for the blood of the soldiers as from poppy seed morphine was made with which the wounded soldiers were narcotized. Furhtermore poppies symbolize hope that live will go on, as the seeds stay germinable for a very long time.

In English speaking countries paper poppies are sold and worn on the lapel. Even Queen Elisabeth II. wears them at official meetings.

Also on Malta there were poppies offered in museums and I took some from the Lascaris War Rooms. In Valettas harbour there is today a big naval parade to honour the day. What a pity that we are not there to watch.

Here in Germany we do not have this remembrance day nor the poppy tradition. Instead we celebrate St. Martin with lantern parades and the beginning of the carnival season. As a counterpoint I embroidered the design by Orange Elephant Embroidery as a pretty remembrance picture for my sewing room. This was the perfect occaion to use the poppy fabric out of the limited edition by FruBlomgren. As picture frame I used a blank mugrug by Individual Pieces.

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