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Leonard Cohen recites ‘In a Flanders Field’

 

Remembrance Day coin

On Saturday, November 11th at 11.00 am it will be 99 years since the ending of the First World War.

“In a Flanders Field” is an iconic poem written by the Canadian, Major John McCrae, who wrote the poem after he was asked to conduct the burial service for Lieutenant Alexis Helmer after he was killed by an artillery shell.   The poem perfectly exemplifies the suffering and sacrifice of the thousands of soldier killed in the conflict.

The following is a recital of the poem by Leonard Cohen the well known songwriter and entertainer who perfectly sets the mood.

Forgive my indulgence, but to continue the theme and the mood, I have followed the video with one of Cohen’s most famous songs:  ‘Hallelujah’

I apologise for any advertisements.

How can a man (Jeremy Corbyn) who aspires to be Prime Minister of this Country say that “There is nothing to commemorate”?



Remembrance-Day-coin-875991.jpgA coin for Remembrance Day has been designed by Royal Mint to commemorate the World Wars.

The design on the coin has been inspired by the renowned poem “In Flanders Fields”.

The poppy is a symbol synonymous with remembrance and the traditions that surround it, making it the main focal point of the 2017 Remembrance Day coin.

The poem mentions the poppies on the famous fields where the battle was fought.

The author, Major John McCrae, wrote the poem after he was asked to conduct the burial service for Lieutenant Alexis Helmer after he was killed by an artillery shell.McCrae is said to have began his first draft of the poem the night after the funeral.The coin was designed by Royal Mint Graphic Designer, Stephen Taylor, and is the second design of Stephen’s to appear on a United Kingdom coin – he also created the reverse design to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen becoming Britain’s longest reigning monarch in 2015.Stephen said of his Remembrance Day design: “I started my research by looking at words and symbols that are connected with Armistice Day, but realising that the poppy is by far the most synonymous with remembrance and the traditions that surround it, that became my focus.
“I chose natural poppies with a realistic, wildflower quality, echoing the flowers John McCrae would have seen growing when he wrote the poem, ‘In Flanders Fields’.“It’s a poignant reminder of the brave men and women who have lost their lives or been injured in conflicts past and present, enabling new life to grow from their sacrifice.”The coin, which is available in silver proof (retails at £82.50) and brilliant uncirculated finishes (retails at £17), features colour printing.A donation from every purchase is made to Imperial War Museums to support their valuable work.
https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/875991/coin-pound-coins-royal-mint-remembrance-day

 

 

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Jane Davies
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Thanks for that….I’m blubbing like a baby……

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