[i]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[/i]
Now, I thought this was a poem known throughout the world, in rememberance of the fallen soldiers of WWI who are buried in Flanders Fields and never made it home. Every November, Scouts, Guides, The Salvation Army etc. sell tens of thousands, if not millions of pin on poppies that are worn on the lapel or hat to show rememberace of those who fell during the war. Rememberance Day is something I have always taken very seriously, I stand with the vets at the local memorial as they perform their wreath ceremonies and speak in memory for thier lost comrades.
TODAY, after YEARS of Remembrance Day celebrations, I found out that they DON’T SELL POPPIES IN THE STAES?!?!?!? I didn’t believe it really, then someone else from Florida asked me about poppies in Canada. It blew me out of my chair to say the least, all over Europe millions of poppies are sold and worn, in Canada poppies are sold and worn, I didn’t think there was anywhere that didn’t remember November 11th by wearing poppies. In fact Remebrance Day is often referred to as Poppy Day (moreso in Europe than Canada)
Is it REALLY true that you don’t wear poopies in the US to remember the fallen vets of WWI?
Do you not recite Flanders Fields in schools, churches and ceremonies at local memorials?
Some links showing the purpose of Remeberance Day:
POPPIES: FLOWER OF REMEMBRANCE: SYMBOL OF UNITY
What do you wear to show you have remembered the fallen allies who occupy Flanders Fields? Or do you just celebrate Veterans Day in memory of the US soldiers of WWI?