The Poppy and Veterans Day

I never knew what the significance of the Poppy was with Veterans day. Oh, you’d see the ancient VFW members selling poppy flowers to raise funds but I never knew what it was all about.  Then I came across this poem

“In Flanders Fields the poppies blow, Between the crosses row by row.” The poppy was adopted as a symbol of the sacrifice of our veterans. Read an interesting article that describes how John McCrae wrote the poem on the Arlington Cemetery web site.

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

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.

In 1922 the practice of selling the poppies started based on this poem. Read this VFW article for interesting history about the poppy buddy sale.

Thank you to all our Veterans past, present and future. Thank you for the gift of freedom.


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