It's recorded that Binyon was moved to write the poem in 1914 after becoming aware of the heavy casualties of the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front during the opening days of the Great War - later to become known as the First World War, the outbreak of which we will commemorate later this year.
Binyon wrote the lines while visiting the north coast of Cornwall, looking out across the ocean. 'For the Fallen' was published by The Times newspaper (London) in September of that year and has become synonymous with days of remembrance such as today.
So here, to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, is that Ode of Remembrance. It might have been written thirty years before that day on the Normandy beaches - June 6 1944 - but it is so fitting for this day of commemoration as we remember all those who gave their lives so that we might live in freedom.
(image by Cathy Le Feuvre)