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Poppies for Remembrance



“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 Flanders Fields by Maj. John M. McCrae, 1915

Although Memorial Day always feels like the real start of summer, the actual meaning behind the day is very different.

In D.C. on the National Mall aside the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool, a temporary wall featuring 645,000 red poppies will be displayed in honor of Memorial Day. The flowers symbolize the 645,000 Americans who have lost their lives defending this country since World War I.

To all those who have fought, and to the families who have lost soldiers, I thank you for your service.



Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

14 thoughts on “Poppies for Remembrance

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  3. If only we could say…Never more.

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  4. ❤ I would love to see that wall. The national WWI museum was built not that long ago here in Kansas City and they have a glass floor you walk in over that has "Nine thousand poppies, each representing 1000 deaths, offer a poignant reminder of the 9 million who perished as a direct result of the war.

    War is horrendous and so many sacrifice to end it.

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  5. My husband and I were in DC all last week, working on truck safety issues. Friday night we walked on the Mall and saw the poppy exhibit, all light up. Stunning and heartbreaking all at the same time.

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  6. Interesting in UK poppies are sold up to 11th November. To mark the signing of the peace treaty that ended world war 1 on 11th hour of 11th day of 11th month.

    Guess Memorial Day is also to remember other conflicts and that why it is timed differently – Vietnam?

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  7. I too – as a Canadian – post poppies and that beautiful & moving poem, on November 11th. You probably know that the author, John McCrae, was Canadian. Wikipedia says this about him: “Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (November 30, 1872 – January 28, 1918) was a Canadian poet, physician, author, artist and soldier during World War I, and a surgeon during the Second Battle of Ypres, in Belgium. He is best known for writing the famous war memorial poem “In Flanders Fields”. McCrae died of pneumonia near the end of the war.”

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