Today is Remembrance Sunday and YMCA Derbyshire will join the nation for a two minute silence, to commemorate those who died in conflict. We will remember the 42 YMCA civilian volunteers who lost their lives, as well as the 38,000 volunteers who contributed to the war effort.
YMCA and the poppy.
Wearing the red poppy is a symbol of both Remembrance and hope for a peaceful future. But did you know this tradition started at the YMCA? When American professor Moina Michael worked at the YMCA overseas, she came across McCrae’s poem, and was so deeply moved that she vowed to wear a poppy to remember the fallen soldiers. This is how the poppy tradition began with the first official Poppy Day being held in Britain on November the 11th 1921.
Lest we Forget
This year marks 100 years since the nation’s collective Remembrance traditions began, and we been educating our learners at YMCA Key College and the Y-Kidz group about Armistice Day and Remembrance Day. Our Y-Kidz group have paid tribute with some lovely artwork, and Key College have created a poetry display of Flanders Fields. Our Key College students also paid their respects at memorial sites.