Armistice Day - 11 November 2016
Information supplied by Cdr L. Steyn (Curator
SA Naval Museum)
Day (also known as Poppy Day or Remembrance Day) is a
memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since
the end of the First World War to remember the members
of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.
This day, is also recognized as a special day for war
remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries.
Armistice Day is observed on 11 November to recall the
end of hostilities of the First World War, on that date
As part of
its observance of Armistice Day, the SA Naval Museum
will conduct a firing of its historic Rifled Muzzle
Loader gun at Middle North battery on 11 November at
exactly 11:00. All members are welcome to attend the
event. The SAN Museum will also be open on the day from
09:30 to 15:30.
Cdr Leon Steyn or WO1 Harry Croome 021 787 4622/4635
In Flanders Fields - Lt. Col. John McCrae 1915
Why the Poppy?
e poppy has
a long association with Remembrance Day. But how did the
distinctive red flower become such a potent symbol of
our remembrance of the sacrifices made in past wars?
corn poppies (popaver rhoeas) grow naturally in
conditions of disturbed earth throughout Western Europe.
The destruction brought by the Napoleonic wars of the
early 19th Century transformed bare land into fields of
blood red poppies, growing around the bodies of the
1914, the fields of Northern France and Flanders were
once again ripped open as World War One raged through
Europe's heart. Once the conflict was over the poppy was
one of the only plants to grow on the otherwise barren
significance of the poppy as a lasting memorial symbol
to the fallen was realised by the Canadian surgeon John
McCrae in his poem In Flanders Fields. The poppy came to
represent the immeasurable sacrifice made by his
comrades and quickly became a lasting memorial to those
who died in World War One and later conflicts.