Acknowledging Remembrance Day with Poppies and Silent Night

poppies-webThis week on Nov. 11 we celebrate Veterans Day and Remembrance Day, a day to commemorate those who served their countries in the military. Remembrance Day in particular, celebrated in Canada, England and other Commonwealth countries, recognizes the ending of World War I and is a memorial to those who died in service.

The poppy flower has become a common symbol of this commemoration, although more so for our neighbors in Canada than here in the U.S. Taken from the war poem, “In Flanders Fields,” the red remembrance poppy references the poppies observed growing over the graves of soldiers, resilient in the face of destruction.

As we honor those who served in World War I and other conflicts, Michigan Opera Theatre is honored to present Silent Night, a touching, Pulitzer Prize-winning opera by American composer Kevin Puts about the Christmas Truce of 1914 during World War I. The opera, based on actual events, tells the story of warring soldiers who stopped fighting for one evening on Christmas Eve to meet and exchange gifts and stories. It’s a great exploration of what it means to be human, especially in times of conflict.

The production opens Nov. 12, the day after Veterans Day and Remembrance Day. As such, we will be partaking in the Remembrance Day tradition by offering paper poppies to all patrons who attend Silent Night.

We invite our guests to join us in this tradition by not only enjoying our production of Silent Night but by taking a moment to remember those who served in times of conflict and the sacrifices they made for their countries, sometimes at the ultimate cost.

Please join us Nov. 12 – 20 as we unite to don commemorative red poppies for an evening of beautiful music and contemplation.

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