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#SOL15: The Origin of Red Poppies and Poems for Memorial Day

“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 Micheals, inspired by “In Flanders Field,” made and sold poppies for remembrance and later even earned a place on the 3 cent stamp. (Wow, 3 cents!) Are poppies still available in your community? (For more Memorial Day Information see this site.)

What are the rituals that still exist to support and honor those who gave their lives in service for your daily freedoms?

Memorial Day Concert Taps Visit to a Cemetary Placing Flags on Graves Parade Patriotic Music Silent Thanks Buying Poppies

What is Memorial Day About?

It’s about the 625,000 Americans killed in the Civil War. The 116,000 Americans killed in WWI. The 405,000 Americans killed in WWII. The 36,000 Americans killed in the Korean War. The 58,000 Americans killed in the Vietnam War. The 2,200 Americans killed in the Afghanistan War. The 4,500 Americans killed in the Iraq war. And all the Americans killed in other wars. From The Poem Farm and Amy Ludwig VanDerwater – Amy’s eloquence is crystal clear in these two poems.  Check out the Poem Farm for other poems!


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Last year, my Memorial Day post asked,

Memorial Day: A Day Off or a Day to Celebrate Heroes?

You can check out the link that is in that title! What’s your view?


Check out the writers, readers and teachers who are “slicing” here. Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana and Betsy at “Two Writing Teachers” for creating a place to share our work.  So grateful for this entire community of writers who also read, write and support each other!


#SOL15: Think, Believe, Dream, Dare

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Who are the heroes in your school?  Who dreams and dares to provide experiences that show students the world outside? One hero that I know is a band director who takes students on day trips to Chicago as well as out-of-state trips that have included:

Competition and Half time performance at the San Antonio Alamo Bowl

Parade and half time performance at the Orange Bowl

New York City Travel – April 2015

“On Broadway” Central High School (DeWitt) Broadway Classroom with John Arthur Greene, vocals & David Robison, conductor Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

91 students + chaperones = Experience of a lifetime!

Thanks, Director Greubel!

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Believe in Students!

Believe in Teachers!

A  longer look at the NYC travels 

Check out the writers, readers and teachers who are “slicing” here. Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana and Betsy at “Two Writing Teachers” for creating a place to share our work.  So grateful for this entire community of writers who also read, write and support each other!


Memorial Day: A Day Off or a Day to Celebrate Heroes?

Tuesday is the day to share a “Slice of Life” with Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. 

What do you know about Memorial Day?  What does Memorial Day mean to you?

Does your knowledge impact how you celebrate Memorial Day?  There is a plethora of information available and this post contains just a sample from many possibilities.  Articles, videos, and pictures can be found on the History Channel, this website, and the national Memorial Day Concert here.  You decide which one (s) add to your increased understanding!


One quote that stands out from the concert link is this:

“We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”

– James A. Garfield
May 30, 1868 Arlington National Cemetery

From my daughter-in-law’s post (wife of active Army soldier) on face book ~

“The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.” — Thucydides

Accompanied by Uncle Larry’s flag ~



From my sister ~ Celebrating family members

The six name plates in the bottom right hand corner of the first picture are all family members!










And the words of JFK in the memorial in Washington, Iowa.

From my brother who continues to serve ~


From my sister-in-law ~

“Thank you to all who have served to protect our freedoms. Your sacrifices are not unnoticed.”

From my sister’s sister-in-law ~

The memorial near Albia, Iowa (21 crosses for the 21 gun salute)



Gary Vought posted this on Twitter ~

@ThreeLakesWI cemetary


From Arlington National Cemetary ~


From The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ~


And even Hawkeye Football posted this ~

“Land of the free because of the brave. Thank you to those who have sacrificed so much for this great country!”


How do we know what Memorial Day means to you?

A Day Off or A Day to Celebrate Heroes?

How did you spend Memorial Day?  Did you ~
What pictures and/or words are important to you?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts below!



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