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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?


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