Remembrance day in Adeje

poppies

Adeje deputy mayor Amada Trujillo Bencomo will attend the Callao Salvaje Community Church’s Remembrance Day ceremony this Sunday, November 8th. The church is in Sueño Azul in Callao Salvaje.

The event will start a few minutes before 11 when people are asked to be in place to participate in the 2 minute silence, which is held all over the British Commonwealth in memory of the minute the guns of Europe fell silent on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. This year the ceremony is also of particular significance as it marks the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in 1945.

Remembrance Day is celebrated in Commonwealth countries annually on the second Sunday of November. This year alongside councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo, who is also the councillor for the zone, will be British vice-consul Helen Keating as well as other representatives of the British community in South Tenerife.

Why the poppy? The wearing of the poppy was inspired by a poem , In Flanders Fields, written by Canadian doctor Lt Col John McCrae. He wrote it in 1915 shortly after seeing fields of poppies growing in battle-scarred 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 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.”

After the First World War, the poppy was adopted as a symbol of Remembrance.”