Poppy Day againBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7269.1123 (Published 04 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1123
- Philip Mortimer, consultant virologist
- Public Health Laboratory Service, London
11 November 1998 was the 80th anniversary of the armistice that ended the first world war. Where I work the fire alarm briefly rang at 11 o'clock, and we paused to remember those killed in war. It was, as a glance around the fixed expressions in the room confirmed, a time for private thoughts. When, two minutes later, the alarm sounded again our committee agenda was cast aside and the unspoken thoughts were put into words. Some of us had visited the Menin Gate or other allied cemeteries and seen the ranks of plain white crosses. One committee member had been to a German war cemetery where the soldiers were buried four to a grave and the crosses were black. The child of another member had …
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