In Flander’s Fields
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 Flander’s 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, tho poppies grow
In Flander’s fields.
A beautiful fitting image found on google Copyright Photographer Stuart Gennery
I took it upon myself to go to the War Memorial Park in Coventry before the Remembrance Day March to take pictures of the park as it had been decorated with crocheted poppies i think almost every tree or even every tree had one tied to it, it was the most beautiful colours especially with the golden autumn leaves all around.
Here is a little bit about The War Memorial Park in my hometown of Coventry
- The war memorial park was built on what was once part of Styvechale common
- The park was opened in July 1921 as a tribute to the 2,587 Coventrians who died between 1914 and 1918 in WW1
- The park includes football pitches, bowling greens, a small golf course, tennis courts, a water play area, a park play area, an aviary for small birds, and a skate park, but it also has vast open green areas with many trees and shrubberies.
- The actual war memorial, which is 90ft (27m) high, was dedicated to the fallen in 1927
- It is the largest park in the city of Coventry
- It hosts the annual Godiva Music Festival – a family festival which is free and normally runs at the beginning of July spanning a Friday, Saturday and Sunday, not only does it include music but it has arts and crafts, market type stalls, animals, a fair, and lots of other exciting things to do as a family or with friends!
- Coventry’s War Memorial Park has become the first of 500 parks to be awarded special status to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One just recently in July 2014 by Prince William.
- Members of the city’s Women’s Institute knitted 600 poppies for the city’s War Memorial Park which are attached to trees all around the park.
Please pay your respects if you are around on Sunday the march is fantastic and there is a huge age range, from young Cubs and Brownies to the amazing veterans that are still with us today!
I feel very proud to come from Coventry, we have a lot of history here and a lot to be proud of that is why i have chosen to post this as a mark of respect to the fallen and to those who are still out there. I will be posting up my photography after Sundays parade.
Here are a few images I took with my iPhone for now …
As promised here are my images taken with my 5D MarkIII … i will post some more after the Parade tomorrow …
So I have just returned from what can only be described as the most beautiful service I have been to … The weather is glorious the people were out in there hundreds to pay their respects and become united as a city while we watched the service men and women from all areas from the Veterans to the Brownie Guides they all looked fantastic and held their head high and proud! I loved every minute of it!
Here are a few bits from my iPhone for now …
Here are the final images from the Remembrance Day Service today there is a lot of lens flare due to the sunshine being so bright but i have not edited it out on purpose as i really like the effect it gives to the images, i hope you enjoy them!
The coverage from the Coventry Telegraph …
http://trib.al/cGdmlFk it’s a real shame they’re being removed so soon … And I’m sad I won’t get to see them all.
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