Blog: History 9th Class WWI 22/10/20

A little follow up to our last history lesson, I hope it is interesting for you. You can also find my presentations online as well as some other resources.

Sadly we missed our last history lesson and we didn’t have a chance to finish the documentary. I hope you thought it was interesting. If you have HBO you can continue watching there or maybe you can find it somewhere else online. It is called ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’. Do you know why they use this title? It comes from a poem written about the sacrifices made in the First World War by the soldiers.

The poem is called The Fallen and it was written by Laurence Binyon. Maybe the English is a bit difficult but here is the part of the poem it comes from:

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

This part of the poem is usually read out in England on Remembrance Sunday this is the Sunday closest to the 11th of November the anniversary of the end of the First World War. In the weeks before 11/11 retired soldiers and volunteers sell paper poppies to raise money for military charities to help veterans (old soldiers). The poppies are a symbol of the blood of the soldiers who died on the battlefields of France and Belgium. There are ceremonies all around the United Kingdom on Remembrance Sunday at war memorials in almost every village, town and city. The biggest ceremony is at the Cenotaph in London.

Poppies and poppy wreaths laid at the Remembrance Sunday ceremony on Remembrance Day at the Cenotaph, London

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