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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.
Above is a poem we have all heard at some point in our life just as we have all seen an old man in front of a store or park passing out little red poppies. I wonder, though, as Americans do we all know why there is this famous poem or why those veterans take the time to stand there and pass all these red poppies out? Do we know the true importance of any of this?
An article on the History website recently posted exactly the answer to my questions (with Memorial Day coming up it is a topic that seems to be a common theme in the news lately). The story itself is something that is clearly rooted in our entire world’s history starting all the day back in World War One. On the battlefields place solely filled of violence and death no sign of life remained after expect the little red poppies that seemed to keep popping up no matter what. I can only imagine looking out over such a dull depressing place where so many died and only seeing a field of red.
This is am image I would not be able to let go of and that is where the famous poem came into play. A Canadian doctor wrote the poem In Flander Fields shortly after lossing a friend, after being sent out it was soon published in newspapers. The story continues after a women was inspired to make and hand out silk poppies in remberance of all the fallen soliders.
This cause led to jobs and benfits for our retired soilders and a huge wide spread initiavitve in England. Red poppies are a symbol for all of our fallen soliders world wide and whether worn in November or May it is such an important cause.