Remembrance Day Coin
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, the guns across Europe fell silent. After more than four years of bitter fighting, the ‘Great War’ was finally over. The first Armistice Day was remembered the following year and often known as Remembrance Day after the Second World War to recognise the fallen in two World Wars and other conflicts.
Poppies grow naturally in conditions of disturbed earth. The destruction wrought by the Napoleonic Wars transformed bare land into fields of poppies; a process repeated by the ravages of the First World War - a sea of red flowers springing up across the barren battlefields of Northern France and Flanders where nothing else would grow. The poppy’s significance as a symbol of memorial was recognised by Canadian Army surgeon John McRae in his poem In Flanders Fields and came to represent the sacrifice of his comrades. Glyn Davies’ moving composition beautifully portrays the transience of life; a fitting tribute to those who made such a selfless sacrifice.