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Flag of the Month – November

1st Nov 2019
By Harrison Flagpoles |
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Remembrance Day flags are flown each November across the country, so it seemed fitting to make it our flag of the month.

November's Flag

The Lest We Forget flag pays tribute to the brave members of our Armed Forces. It features the iconic poppy emblem. Our flag is printed on Enviroflag, which is made from recycled plastic and uses 75% less than standard knitted polyester flag material COin its creation 

Remembrance Day is a memorial day to honour the members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty. It is observed on the 11th November each year to mark that the First World War hostilities formally ended at “the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11 month” in 1918.  

Many poppy wreath laying ceremonies are organised across the country by local branches of the Royal British Legion on Remembrance Sunday, these ceremonies often include the raising of a Lest We Forget Flag.  

 A one or two minute silence is observed on at 11am on the 11th November (Armistice Day) 

About the Lest We Forget phrase

The phrase “Lest we forget” is commonly used in war remembrance services and commemorative occasions particularly on Remembrance Day. It orginates from a poem written by Rudyard Kipling called Recessional. It is repeated 8 times throughout the poem to add particular emphasis regarding the dangers of failing to remember.  

God of our fathers, known of old, 
  Lord of our far-flung battle line, 
Beneath whose awful hand we hold 
  Dominion over palm and pine— 
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet, 
Lest we forget—lest we forget! 
 
The tumult and the shouting dies; 
  The Captains and the Kings depart: 
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice, 
  An humble and a contrite heart. 
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet, 
Lest we forget—lest we forget! 
 
Far-called our navies melt away; 
  On dune and headland sinks the fire: 
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday 
  Is one with Nineveh and Tyre! 
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet, 
Lest we forget—lest we forget! 
 
If, drunk with sight of power, we loose 
  Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe, 
Such boastings as the Gentiles use, 
  Or lesser breeds without the Law— 
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet, 
Lest we forget—lest we forget! 
 
For heathen heart that puts her trust 
  In reeking tube and iron shard, 
All valiant dust that builds on dust, 
  And guarding calls not Thee to guard, 
For frantic boast and foolish word— 
Thy Mercy on Thy People, Lord! 

About November's Flag Hoister

Abi Watson from our sister company Harrison Creative replaced the flag this month. Remembrance Day is close to her heart as her boyfriend Jamie serves in the Royal Navy as a Submariner Weapons Engineer. His platoon will be marking the occasion.  

Harrison Creative are the sustainable event branding experts – supplying environmentally friendly branding to mass participation, charity and commercial events.  

 

Click here for more information on our Remembrance Day flags. 

 

 

 

Banner Image photo credit: Keith Wilson, Flickr

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