Information supplied by Jonathon Moake, CPIT LIbrary.
The 11th November is Armistice Day which is the equivalent of ANZAC day in the UK & Canada.
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.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields
From Wikipedia: The poppies referred to in the poem grew in profusion in Flanders in the disturbed earth of the battlefields and cemeteries where war casualties were buried and thus became a symbol of Remembrance Day (see Remembrance poppy). The poem is often part of Remembrance Day solemnities in Allied countries which contributed troops to World War II, particularly in countries of the British Empire that did so.
The poem “In Flanders Fields” was written after John McCrae witnessed the death, and presided over the funeral, of a friend, Lt. Alexis Helmer. By most accounts it was written in his notebook ]and later rejected by McCrae. Ripped out of his notebook, it was rescued by a fellow officer, Francis Alexander Scrimger, and later published in Punch magazine.
Check out the links below:-
http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH1-Cycl-t1-body1-d20-x3-t1.html – Letter from GOC NZ Division Lt General Godley on Armistice Day 1918
http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/armistice-day-1918 – New Zealand history online about Armistice Day
http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/le-quesnoy/new-zealand-and-le-quesnoy – Le Quesnoy, the final battle NZ troops were in before the Armistice November 1918.
Le Quesney Memorial Window, Cambridge
Friday 11th November is also Canterbury Show Day and the CPIT Library will be closed.