The Life of an Unknown Soldier Unisex Crewneck T-Shirt
With permission from The Royal British Legion, it is with great pride we present our Life of an Unknown Soldier design. This epic design features an embroidered Poppy over the tombstone of A Soldier of the Great War – Known unto God.
The images in the leaf of the Poppy depicts the story of an Unknown Soldier’s life. It begins with a young man playing soccer with his friends; he then runs off to enlist for the war. Next, he is seen saying farewell to his friends and family and off to war he goes, innocent, as he still has the ball he played with as a child. He gets into battle and is shot and wounded. He is carried to receive medical attention to no avail; he has succumbed to his fatal injury. A grave digger prepares his final resting place and the last image has someone paying tribute to the young man at a Grave of an Unknown Soldier.
I cannot imagine the heartbreak it must have been for families to never have known what had happened to their son; never having his remains sent back to them so that they could have had some kind of closure and given him a proper burial.
After World War One, a movement began to honour all unidentified Soldiers with a single tomb that would contain the body of a single Unknown Soldier.
The Poppy represents the International 'Flower of Remembrance'. Red poppies have been a symbol of remembrance and mourning since World War I. The remembrance poppy was inspired by “In Flanders Fields”, the most famous, internationally-revered poems about war. It was written during World War I by Canadian Officer Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. On Remembrance Day, in Commonwealth countries, people wear a Poppy on their left side. It symbolizes that you keep those who died close to your heart; it recognizes and honours those who gave their all in the military conflicts of our great nations.
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 lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!
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
during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium
The embroidery process requires the shirt to be hooped so that it can be embroidered, some shirts have a hoop mark around the design. This mark will disappear once the shirt is washed. If you would like to wear the shirt before it is laundered, you can dampen your fingers and literally rub the mark away. We recommend that when you wash the shirt, be sure to turn it inside out and we highly recommend that the shirt be hung to dry to keep it in pristine condition.