With a "flowering" poppy on the chest we will remember about the deceased…

For many years consecutive, on the 11th of November, Ukraine and other European countries celebrate the Day of Memory of the deceased in the World Wars. All who are not indifferent to the history of their nation, all who were touched by the wars of the past century and current military conflicts gather on this day at the memorials and monuments to honor the memory of the deceased.

The date of the event chosen for a reason. In 1918, November 11 there was concluded so called the Armistice of Compiègne. It was the agreement on the cessation of the armed hostilities in the First World War. After that, at 11 a.m. there sounded a hundred and one final volleys. Later, as we know, it was the Second World War. For six long years, from 1939 till 1945, the country suffered enormous losses, having taken the attacks of hitlerian Germany. But, however, on the 11th of November at 11 a.m. all over the world, memory of the victims of wars is honored two-minute silence.

The symbol of the Day of Memory is a red poppy. During those great battles it was the first to blossom on the field of the bloody harvest...

This year, near the Eternal Glory Monument of Kiev city there gathered more than 100 persons. At the foot of the obelisk at the tomb of the Unknown soldier, today, they lit an Eternal light.

Among those present there were the representatives of the embassies of different countries in Ukraine: Australia, Great Britain, Germany, Denmark, Canada, India, Italy, Malaysia, France, etc.

Also the event was attended by members of state and public organizations, among which was also present  NGO "Union "People's Memory".

The solemn part, as expected, started at 11:00 a.m. sharp. At the microphone made the speeches the ambassadors of different countries, reciting the poems of the military doctor John McCrae.

In 1915 he wrote a wonderful poem which he devoted to his friend, who deceased in one of the battles in the north of Belgium, in Flanders. The poem has survived to nowadays and become popularity.


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.

At the sound of horn "The last post" performed by the military trumpeter, all participants stood still in two-minute silence.

After that, there took place laying flowers and wreaths in front of the obelisk of the Eternal Glory Monument.

"Like the heart of a fallen soldier

Beats the flame of the Eternal light..."

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