Poppy field near Verdun, France
We will remember them.

The armistice at 11 o’clock on 11 November 1918 brought an end to the conflict that had cost so many lives. 100 years on, that moment is remembered across the country with two minutes silence. On the Sunday closest to 11 November each year, remembrance services are held nationally, and in Moray, at each of the local civic war memorials, with the laying of poppy wreaths. The poppy had been immortalised in the poem by John MacRae, a Canadian Doctor who died on active service during the war:-

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.                                                          

Even before the end of the war, communities had begun to discuss how they might mark the sacrifice of so many of their young men. This resulted in many forms of commemoration in communities, workplaces, clubs, churches etc.

The Remembrance pages on this section of the website give an overview of the different types of war memorial found in Moray after the Great War. Over the next four years, details of those commemorated on each memorial will be added to the website to create a lasting legacy of commemoration.