November 11, 2016

 In MOA Artwork of the Week

Dorothy Weir Young (1890-1947), Two Poppies, Branchville, 1912, watercolor, 12 x 10 1/8 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate.

Today is a day of remembrance and honor in many countries around the world. November 11 is Armistice Day, which commemorates the day when the treaty ending World War 1 was signed in 1918. In the United States, the day became Veterans Day in 1958, to honor all veterans who have served the country. In the United Kingdom, the day is known as Remembrance Day, to honor and remember those who sacrificed in wartime. Remembrance Day is traditionally honored by people wearing red poppies, due to the popular poem “In Flanders 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.”

  • – the first stanza of In Flanders Fields, by John McCrae



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