Wear a poppy with pride today as we remember those who gave their lives for us, and for future generations.
Remembrance Sunday is especially bittersweet this year, as 2014 marks 100 years since the start of the Great War, now known as World War I.
The Field of Remembrance, organized each year by the Royal British Legion, was graced by Prince Harry on Friday. He spoke to several people, some of whom served in World War Two and, more recently, in Afghanistan.
Dressed in the uniform of the Blues and Royals, Harry planted a cross with his personal insignia into a larger cross made of poppies. He looked very solemn.
After looking at Harry, I was especially touched by the remarks of one man named Don Sheppard, 94, who landed on Juno Beach on D-Day in 1944. Mr. Sheppard, who was representing the Normandy Veterans’ Association, said: “The Prince was asking me about our plot and how long it took to do.
“It’s so important to do this so that the younger generation can see what we have done.”
It is absolutely vital that the younger generations know what the generations before them have given. A young man like Harry, thanks to his service, knows exactly what has been done for him.
There are no veterans left from World War I, and the remaining World War II vets are into their 90s. When we lose them, we lose a living piece of history. Their personal stories and reminiscences are crucial and valuable.
The Field of Remembrance began in 1928, when just two crosses were planted, but it has grown in popularity over the decades and is now a mainstay in national remembrance celebrations.
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Along with Prince Harry, several members of the Royal Family have been commemorating the War dead over the weekend. The Queen led the nation’s tributes to the fallen at the Cenotaph today, November 9th, despite the recent threats to her safety. Britain’s The Sun newspaper revealed that police uncovered some evidence of a terror plot against Her Majesty. Four men have been arrested in connection with an alleged Islamic terror plot to stab the 88-year-old monarch as she made an appearance at the Royal Albert Hall Saturday.
Like the rest of her proud nation, The Queen carries on with her duties. She is a monarch for whom one would gladly fight, for Queen and country!