Flower Of Rememberance

Remembering The Red Flower

As A child my Grandmother alway's taught me how to be patriotic and what things stood for. She taught me That The American Flag Is called Old Glory and how to take care of the flag and that in a parade I'm never to let the flag touch the ground no matter how heavy it became. My grandmother also taught me the difference between Memorial Day And Veterans Day. She Said Memorial Day Is A day To Remember the one's who fought in war and lost there lives protecting our Nation.I asked My Grandmother how come on Memorial Day so many people wear a red flower? This is What She said being a member of The Woman's Auxillary At The VFW.

My Granmother told me that Long ago there was a poem called In Flanders Fields, My grandmother resited The poem to me word for word and this is how it goes In Flanders Fields the poppies blow between the crosses row on row that mark our place and in the sky the larks still braverly singing fly. Scarce heard amid the guns below we are dead short days ago we lived, felt dawn, and saw the sunset glow, loved and were loved and now we lie in Flanders Field.

I looked at my Grandma in amazement and I said I still want to know what the flower is my Grandma said that the flower is called a poppy and it honors American soldiers that were killed in war. She told me that two woman saw this poem and it made them decide to make artifial poppies to help the families of the American Soldiers that were killed in action. My Grandma said that in 1920's The American Legion and The Lady Guerin began the first poppy sale,she also said the poppy was adopted by The VFW and became what we know today as the memorial flower called the "Buddy Poppy".

The poppies are made by soldiers that are disabled or unemployed and the contributions and proceeds go to there families as well as the families that lost there loved one's during action. The Poppy itself survives as a tribute to those who have given their lives for Our Nations Freedom. This is Why you see so many people wearing that little red flower on Memorial Day.

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GlstngRosePetals 6 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know Author

Thank you Kim Lynn and yes the story behind it all is verry intersting hope others will enjoy the history as well

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Kim Lynn 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing Flanders Fields. I new what the poppies were for, but didn't know the story behind it.

Many Blessings,


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