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Remembrance Poppies ♥ Wartime Rosies

The poppy is an internationally recognized symbol of respectful remembrance for surviving war veterans and those lost in battle. Poppy symbolism originated during the First World War, between 1915-1918. That’s when dormant wild poppy seeds began to germinate and grow amidst the shadowy war-torn landscape near the front lines of Belgium and France. Thus, these persistent and naturally vibrant splashes of colour became symbolic of life.

In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae (Canadian soldier, May 1915) gives poetic verse to the delicate-yet-hardy poppies that sprouted from the freshly turned burial grounds of WWI. The poem includes some of the most famous lines written in relation to the First World War.

Also, in honour of Remembrance Day this year…
The Periwinkle knitting cafe in the UK organized a Remembrance Day poppy plan. Congrats to them, for creating a yarn-bomb display of over 1000 hand-knit/crocheted poppies—exceeding their goal of 100 handmade poppies!

You might also check out this blog post
which features some interesting wartime references to knitting!

And speaking of the “blooming” effects of war…
Rosies of the North” by the National Film Board of Canada is a 46-minute Canadian documentary film which recounts the WW2 perspective—a time when men went off to battle and women stepped-in to fill jobs building fighter and bomber aircraft needed for the war effort. The film’s focus is not knitting, but it did include a couple of “vintage” comments with regard to knitting 😉


For a close-knit world, it is important to
pause and give thanks together… lest we forget!
Giving all thanks to God our Father…
for the strength He gives to brave hearts…
Brave hearts who willingly fought and
continue to fight for the sake of world peace
and freedom for us all! ♥ Jackie

6 responses

  1. Lovely post Jackie. I love poppies. Thank you for sharing the history. ❤️


    November 10, 2014 at 9:42 pm

  2. Poignant, Jackie, but it gives me hope somehow. Thanks.


    November 11, 2014 at 1:57 am

    • So true, Jean 😦 The only good thing about war is when brave hearts are willing to battle against evil! Yet hope persists, even metaphorically, just as the dormant poppy seeds await their moment to spring forth in brief comfort for the war-wearied soldier’s heart 🙂 ♥ ❤

      Liked by 1 person

      November 11, 2014 at 3:12 pm

  3. Missy's Crafty Mess

    Congratulations you have been nominated for the Liebster Award on my blog.



    November 14, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    • Thank you Missy 🙂 I appreciate this blogful nomination 🙂 ♥ ❤


      November 17, 2014 at 1:13 pm

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