Veritable Poppy Project
In 2020 we celebrate 75 years of freedom. Operation Veritable started on 8 February 1945 and the municipality of Gennep was liberated.
220 fallen soldiers are buried in the cemeteries in Milsbeek, Ottersum and Gennep. To commemorate them in a special way, the Veritable Poppy Project was initiated.
On the 2 November 2019, 220 ceramic poppies will be made. The poppies are made by Daantje Kip and Bianca van Dreumel and residents of Municipality of Gennep who would like to make and donate a poppy. When the poppies have hardened, they are baked and glazed red. They are made personal by providing the poppies with a pin and name tag.
On 14 February 2020 the poppies will be planted on every military grave in Milsbeek, Ottersum and Gennep.
The poppies will remain at the grave until 5 May 2020 (Liberation day in the Netherlands) and will then be brought together as a work of art in a public place in the Municipality of Gennep.
Poppies are also made for the relatives who are present during the commemoration weekend. These will be brought together in a central place during the ecumenical service on 15 February 2020 and if they wish, they can later take them home with them. This as a permanent connection between them, their deceased relatives and the municipality of Gennep.
Inspired by the Lievelingentuin, an art project at Museum Orientalis by Daantje Kip (the creator of www.maakeenlieveling.nl), I came up with the idea of making personal poppies for every soldier in our municipality for the 75th anniversary.
“Lievelingen” are ceramic flowers that you can make yourself and give away. To thank someone, to commemorate, as a token of love, or to support someone.
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.
Major John McCrae – 1915
In Flanders Fields is een gedicht van de Canadese militaire arts en dichter John McCrae.
Hij schreef het begin mei 1915 in zijn hulppost bij Essex farm, 2 km ten noorden van het centrum van Ieper. De definitieve versie werd gepubliceerd op 8 december 1915.
Hij stierf op 28 januari 1918, toen hij aan het hoofd stond van het N° 3 Canadian General Hospital in Boulogne. Hij ligt begraven op de begraafplaats van Wimereux (Pas-de-Calais, Frankrijk).
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