Remembrance Day

8 Nov

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely, singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.”

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae


This Sunday, 11th November 2012, the commonwealth commemorates Armistice Day, where people across the globe stand in silence for two minutes at 11am. World War I ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th Month and this day now remembers all those who fought in the war as well as the millions who have been affected by every conflict since.

There is not a single person in the UK who does not know (or knew) someone who fought, is fighting or has been affected by the conflicts our armed forces have been involved in. It could be listening to grandparents recalling memories from the World War II (my Grandpa met my Grandma whilst he was a junior doctor and she a nurse in the blitz; the stories they come out with are amazing), or friends and family discussing how they have been involved in recent action (Jess’s brother is soon to be joining the RAF as officer) but the main thing that Armistice day encourages and teaches is remembrance.

We feel it is very important that these memories are never forgotten and are shared for generations to come. Nostalgia plays a large part in remembering and one of the most effective methods to remember is through your senses. When Purple Grape provided a vintage menu for a wedding at a Working Man’s Club, complete with British beef cobblers followed by rice pudding, we over heard the bride’s grandfather recalling to his youngest grandson his involvement in the army when he was younger and the food he was given.



The bright red poppy, flashing so brightly amid the grey and black backdrop of suits and coats, is a gleaming symbol that reminds us of the power it is to remember and of all those it is so important we never forget.