Sunday, May 27, 2012

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.


Flanders Field

  Why are poppy flowers so significant? During World War I, the disruption of battlefields during warfare caused the lovely poppy flowers to sprout and grow. You see, poppy seeds embed themselves in the ground, and only grow when disrupted...The fighting disrupted them. After the war ended, there were too many casualties for the grave sites, so people began to bury them in poppy fields...Such as Flanders Field, the field Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae based his poem on. The poppies have since been recognized as the official VFW memorial flower.

Don't forget the ones who have paid the ultimate sacrifice...

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