Cross of Sacrifice

Cross of Sacrifice The Cross of Sacrifice is a Commonwealth war memorial designed in 1918 by Sir Reginald Blomfield for the Imperial War Graves Commission (now the Commonwealth War Graves Commission). It is present in Commonwealth war cemeteries containing 40 or more graves. Its shape is an elongated Latin cross with proportions more typical of the Celtic cross, with the shaft and cross-arm octagonal in section. It ranges in height from 5.5 to 7.3 m.…

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We shall keep the faith

We shall keep the faith Educator, “Poppy Lady.” Moina Michael established the poppy as a universal symbol of tribute and support for veterans. Flanders Field is a United States military cemetery near Waregem, Belgium which contain the bodies of 368 Americans who died in World War I. It was the source for the famous poem, “In Flanders Field” by Canadian poet John McCrae. Michael was reading the Ladies Home Journal noticing the poem which tells…

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Inspiration for “In Flanders Fields”

Inspiration for “In Flanders Fields” During the early days of the Second Battle of Ypres a young Canadian artillery officer, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, was killed on 2nd May, 1915 in the gun positions near Ypres. An exploding German artillery shell landed near him. He was serving in the same Canadian artillery unit as a friend of his, the Canadian military doctor and artillery commander Major John McCrae. As the brigade doctor, John McCrae was asked…

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