Monday, November 12, 2007

In Flanders Fields

Poppies by danielemusella Morgue File

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
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.
~ Colonel John McCrae

When I was young, everyone wore a paper “Buddy Poppy” on Veterans Day. The sales proceeds from the poppies helped living veterans in need, veteran’s widows and widowers and children. The Buddy Poppy was a tribute to those who had given their lives for the nation’s freedom.

This tradition has since changed, and the poppy has become a Memorial Day symbol for remembering and honoring military personnel who died serving their country. Veterans Day is to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military, whether in war or peace, as well as those who died.
Regardless of the current practice, I decided to do both today.


barbara said...

I sold poppies every year from when I was 6 thru HS. My grandparents belonged to the American Legion, and I was there so often, everyone thought I was a member too, There were some great vets there, and I have always admired all veterans' bravery and sacrifice, even if I don't agree with the politics.

kate said...

We do the same here in Canada, although we call the day, Remembrance Day.

Julie said...

Thankyou, from the Mom of a U.S. Army soldier!!!