Skip to comments.The FReeper Foxhole - Remembers our Honored Dead - TODAY is Memorial Day - May 30th, 2007
Posted on 05/29/2007 7:53:44 PM PDT by snippy_about_it
are acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated.
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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.
This was the poem written by World War I Colonel John McCrae, a surgeon with Canada 's First Brigade Artillery. It expressed McCrae's grief over the "row on row" of graves of soldiers who had died on Flanders' battlefields, located in a region of western Belgium and northern France. The poem presented a striking image of the bright red flowers blooming among the rows of white crosses and became a rallying cry to all who fought in the First World War. The first printed version of it reportedly was in December 1915, in the British magazine Punch.
McCrae's poem had a huge impact on two women, Anna E. Guerin of France and Georgia native Moina Michael. Both worked hard to initiate the sale of artificial poppies to help orphans and others left destitute by the war. By the time Guerin established the first sale in the U.S., in 1920 with the help of The American Legion, the poppy was well known in the allied countries America, Britain, France, Canada, Australia and New Zealand as the "Flower of Remembrance." Proceeds from that first sale went to the American and French Children's League.
Guerin had difficulty with the distribution of the poppies in early 1922 and sought out Michael for help. Michael had started a smaller-scaled Poppy Day during a YMCA conference she was attending in New York and wanted to use the poppies as a symbol of remembrance of the war. Guerin, called the "Poppy Lady of France" in her homeland, and Michael, later dubbed "The Poppy Princess" by the Georgia legislature, went to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) for help. Following its first nationwide distribution of poppies in 1922, the VFW adopted the poppy as its official memorial flower.
However, a shortage of poppies from French manufacturers led to the idea of using unemployed and disabled veterans to produce the artificial flowers. In 1924, a poppy factory was built in Pittsburgh, Pa., providing a reliable source of poppies and a practical means of assistance to veterans. Today, veterans at Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities and veterans homes help assemble the poppies, which are distributed by veterans service organizations throughout the country.
Donations received in return for these artificial poppies have helped countless veterans and their widows, widowers and orphans over the years. The poppy itself continues to serve as a perpetual tribute to those who have given their lives for the nation's freedom.
Hello!! Long time no chat, so good to see you!
Now are there pictures of Bittygirl in her new outfit??
The weather has been just lovely here these past few days. Wonderful sunny skies, temps not over bearing and humidity -well it’s up and down.
Are you in those flooded areas I see on the tube, wow it has been really terrible for some areas down your way.
HUGS to the kids.
Ah, so you were on the East Coast again, well so glad you and Mrs had a grand time.
Doing okay now from the dentist visit.
Hi to Mrs Alfa.
Wonderful find PAR35. We can always count on you to set us straight. Glad it was Georgia!
Very appropriate Phil. Thanks.
What a wonderful story, thank you Valin for posting it here. Also, thank you 2D Vet.
Good to see you Humal. I think as Valin’s post above points out, we still have hope in some of our small towns in America.
Hi ct. All is well in the Sam and Snippy home.
I know what you mean about the press. When I searched the internet for something a little more current to post, per Sam’s suggestion, all I could see were stories that seemed a little to gleeful in reporting our WOT dead. So I passed.
Hope all is well with you, keep up the good fight FRiend.
Thanks quietolong. It is worthy of a Foxhole thread. I did a search on my hard drive to see if we’d done it and I did find notes but it looks like we never got to it. Now we have no excuse. :-)
(((Hugs))) back atcha E.G.C.!
Amen feather. No one here will ever forget, nor their children and grandchildren I bet!
Wow. Never heard of AWON before. Nice statue.
Thank you Mayor. Good message for the answers we search for still today.
Hey, nice to see a new thread, I am ashamed to say I killed the last one. ;(
How you guys doing?? Those fires are not near you are they?
How are the dogs doing??
We are having some wonderful weather up here, I am going enjoy it, it is due to rain for the next three days.
We’re good. Good to see you also. What are you up to nowadays?
Thank you. We appreciate your grandfather’s service and your family’s.
Few and far between I'm afraid. Too few, but this dial up makes it even worse to accomplish in so little time.
I think we are also overdue for some Bittygirl and Karateboy/Spiderboy pics, hmmmm?
Hey CJ. We’re just enjoying the Georgia sunshine but praying for much needed rain down here.
Want to talk about me, wanna talk about I, wanna talk about number 1, oh my me my.........Hello out there in Foxhole land.
I think I’ll just go pour me a glass of sweet tea. See y’all later. :-)
long time, no see. Hi Coleus.