Wednesday, November 11, 2015


Les Bleuets--Fleurs de France
Le Bleuet  or cornflower is the French symbol of remembrance of young soldiers who gave their lives for France during WWI.  During that war, new recruits were issued light blue uniforms after the realization that the bright red trousers worn at the beginning of WWI made the French soldiers easy targets. Since 1916 cloth and paper cornflowers have been sold, just like the Remembrance Day poppies in England and America, to benefit veterans and their widows and orphans.  The above photo featuring delicate cornflowers and stylized goldfinches, or German distelfinks, is of recent wallpaper in a small ante-room of the Château de la Roche-Guyon.

Remembering on Armistice Day

©2015 P.B. Lecron

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