The word “remember” means to retain in memory, to keep in mind, to be aware of. It is ironic that the red poppy flower burst forth from the barren earth ridden by death and soaked in the red blood of the soldiers. Red blood. The same had gushed from a man nailed on Calvary a thousand and more years earlier. Unlike the soldiers, this man was known. He had a name and a mob witnessed his deliberate and torturous death. A loss as tragic to the ones who loved him similar to the ones who loved the veterans we remember today. He gave His life for you and me.
One difference is that He knew with certainty that He’d die. Thus He gave a reminder, an urging, a command to remember. “And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me (1 Corinthians 11:24-25).”
Each time we observe the Ordinance, we remember, just as we remember on November 11.
No, we will not forget.