Poppies for Veterans Day

By FPL_John

November 11th is Veterans Day. It’s a day we recognize the sacrifices made by veterans of our armed forces. You may see people wearing Poppy flowers. Many people wear them for both Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Poppies have become a symbol of support for veterans, and you will often see the phrase “lest we forget”.

If you are wondering “Why Poppies?”, the idea comes from a poem by John McCrae called “In Flanders Fields”. John was a Canadian medical officer, and he composed the poem after the death of a close friend in battle.

In Flanders Fields

BY John McCrae

 

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.

 

If you’d like to read more poetry by John McCrae you can check out a digital copy here:

In Flanders Fields and Other Poems, opens a new window

If you are interested in showing support in this way, the American Legion sells Poppy pins and cloth decorations to help raise funds for veteran services.

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