This Poppy is for Veterans Gone & Those who Live among us Still

American flag and memorial

“Act well your part, there all the honour lies.” ~ Alexander Pope

Memorial Day and Poppies

IN FLANDERS FIELD

by John McCrae, May 1915

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 poppies

Years ago, the Veterans used to stand outside of the post offices and halls to pass out red paper poppies, in remembrance of those who had fallen in the line of duty. It was customary to give a small donation at the time and then prominently display the poppy in their honor. As you reached to take the poppy from their withered and crepe-papered hands, you became acutely aware of them as well — Veterans living and bearing witness for others. That practice, sadly, has gone away as those Veterans of WWI, WWII, and the Korean war have died as well. Today as I remember those who have gone before, I also want to give thanks to those who are living, some still serving, to protect our nation and keep watch over the world. Those Veterans who carry on the tradition of the red paper poppies by the way that they conduct themselves each and every day with unwavering patriotism to bear witness. Here’s to our daughters, our nephews, my brothers-in-law, our aunts, our uncles, our dearest friends, and to your family & friends as well, who live to serve with respect and grace. This Golden Poppy is for you.

golden poppy

2 comments

  1. I just planted some poppies to my flower gardens today. Your post reminds me of how much gratitude I feel for a Veteran who went to WWII in our little hometown. He served for 4 years. He is now 92 years old and has been running a general store here for over 60 years I believe it is… he still has his store open 6 days a week and on Sundays is when he has to do a lot of paperwork and cleaning up at the store. He not only gave then during those 4 years… but continued to give to our little community all of these years. I really enjoyed reading your post. Thank you.

    • Isn’t it sweet when we can recall good memories, Suzanne? I’m glad that my post touched those memories and that you shared them. Blessings to you, dear Creative friend!

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