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Sunday, May 27, 2012
Memorial Day, May 28, 2012
“We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies."
~~ Moina Michael (aka Poppy Lady)
U.S. professor and humanitarian who vowed to always wear a red poppy as a symbol of remembrance for those who served in the war. In 1915, inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields," Moina Michael replied with her own poem, We Shall Keep the Faith, November 1918
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.
Memorial Day, honors men and women who fought for our country so that we can all be free.
Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. We all should help celebrate our nation’s vets by remembering and never letting the importance of Memorial Day fade.
►Moina Bell Michael: the Idea for the Flanders Fields Memorial Poppy
►Memorial Day Calendar
►Memorial Day History
► How to Observe Memorial Day
► Buddy Poppy
► The Story Behind the Poppy
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I always loved McCraw's "In Flander's Field" but wasn't aware of the "Poppy Lady," until I read your post. Interesting to know.ReplyDelete
Memorial Day is a great day to celebrate our heroes.ReplyDelete
Very nice blog post about one of my favorite holidays.ReplyDelete
Interesting to learn about the Poppy Lady, Moina Michael.ReplyDelete
I agree, we need to keep on honoring and celebrating and never forget about all of our fallen and living heroes.ReplyDelete
Ditto, let’s not forget to celebrate our heroes and the meaning and importance of Memorial Day. Great blog commemorating Memorial Day. Thanks!ReplyDelete