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2 November 2018

During this period of remembrance, we are thinking about all those who lost their lives in the First World War, including those from across the Newark and Sherwood District.

Sunday, November 11 will commemorate the ending of the hostilities "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month" and a two minute silence will be observed across the Commonwealth.

The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ written by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae.

The poem reads:

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.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.