Saturday, May 15, 2010

Memorial Day Poppies of Flanders fields

Memorial Day Poppies of Flanders fieldsScottish and American Service Members Pay tribute to Fallen heroes

Poppy wreaths lay at the base of the Scottish-American War Memorial May 25, 2009 in Edinburgh Scotland. The poppy is a major war remembrance symbol because of the poppies that bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I. Their red color is an appropriate symbol for the bloodshed of trench warfare. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Perry Aston) (Released)

On Veterans Day and Memorial Day, support groups such as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars raise funds for their charitable activities by selling paper poppies made by disabled veterans. This bright red wildflower became a symbol of World War I after a bloody battle in a field of poppies called Flanders Field in Belgium.

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.

Lt. Col. John McCrae, MD
Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
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