The poppy

This morning, in conjunction with our sub group the RATH. Community Group, members of Dalaradia attended a local kids group workshop (Funky kids) and spoke to them about the meaning of the poppy, it’s history and what it represents.

To our surprise some kids already had a bit of knowledge about it which was amazing to see. We continue to see the poppy being attacked by Nationalist/Republicans. It is up to us to educate people on its true meaning.

The poppy is NOT a political/religious statement, symbol or message. It is not a sign of support for war. It does not belong to nor reflect on any paramilitary group. It does not belong to one organisation. It is a symbol of remembrance and hope. It is the international symbol of remembrance that applies as much to Muslims and Hindus as to Christians. It is totally ecumenical.

In the spring of 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields to write a now famous poem called ‘In Flanders Fields’. After the First World War, the poppy was adopted as a symbol of Remembrance for all. Treat it as such.

We hope the kids enjoyed it. Lest we forget.