November 11, Remembrance Day in Ypres (Belgium)

The Menin Gate MemorialIn Ypres, the lawn in front of The Menin Gate Memorial has been transformed into a field of poppies in honour of Remembrance Day also known as Poppy Day.

11.00 a.m. on November 11, 1918 marked the end of the Great War. The red poppy refers to John McCrae’s poem, ‘In Flanders Fields’. Doctor, poet, author and teacher John McCrae served in the First World War. Every single day, he cared for hundreds of wounded soldiers surrounded by the dead and the dying. He died on  January 28, 1918 of pneumonia and meningitis.

The red poppy has become the symbol of war remembrance all over the world. Millions of people wear the poppy to pay tribute to all those who have lost their lives in war.

Also read: The cruel ordeal of the First World War and 6 things to do when visiting Ypres and surroundings


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