Memorial Day 2018

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The Arlington National Cemetery

“At its core, the nobility and the majesty of Memorial Day can be found in the story of ordinary Americans who become extraordinary for the most simple of reasons: They loved their country so deeply, so profoundly, that they were willing to give their lives to keep it safe and free.”

President Barack Obama, Memorial Day 2010

Remember The Fallen

Perfectly for the Memorial Day weekend, a red poppy began to bloom in my green house. Two years ago, I learned something very interesting. I was always wondering, why poppies would be brought up with the Memorial Day remembrance. And here is the answer:

The red poppy grew profusely on the World War I war zone of Flanders Field along the coast of Belgium and France. Poppies blanketed the battlefields with a sea of red, and so have come to symbolize the blood that was shed there. With 368 WWI U.S. soldiers buried in Flanders Field cemetery, the red poppy, or the Flanders poppy as it is now often called become a symbol of wartime remembrance. (Resource: Botanical Interests)

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The Flanders Poppy started to bloom in my greenhouse just in time for Memorial Day.

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In Flanders Fields

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.

by John McCrae