Red Poppies for Memorial Day Heroes

The red poppy is the official flower of the American Legion and meant as a sign of remembrance for fallen soldiers. The symbol of the poppy for remembrance was adopted by many of the allied Countries- America, Britain, France, Canada, Australia and New Zealand during WWI. The British and Canadians wear red poppies on November 11th—known as Remembrance Day or Poppy Day. In this country, we celebrate all those who have served honorably on Veteran’s Day and we honor those who have died in active duty on Memorial Day, so red poppies are distributed on Memorial Day in America. The correlation between red poppies and fallen soldiers originated from John McCrae’s poem, In Flanders Fields, which describes the grief of seeing rows upon rows of soldiers’ grave markers among a field of red poppies flowers. In Flanders Fields by John McCrae Written in Flanders on May 3, 1915 In Flanders fields the poppies blow 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 are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved, and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: 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. ribbon poppy flower with pin back I planted red poppies in my garden this year…to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for my freedom. Helpful links for Memorial Day and for Red Poppies: http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetday_faq.asp http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/flanders.asp http://www.americanmeadows.com/the-red-poppy

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