The poppy remains the symbol of remembering our veterans.  The red color and the abundance of these lovely blooms, is indicative of Flanders Field during World War I where many soldiers lost their lives or suffered severe injuries. The fields were filled with blood during those battles and the poppy came to represent that loss.

A poem was composed by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae on the battlefront on May 3, 1915 during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium. This poem continues to remain a centerpiece of the conflict, but is also a call to remembering veterans of all wars.

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.

Let us never forget the cost of war.  Our veterans deserve to be honored as heroes who were willing to make the greatest sacrifice.


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2 Responses to FIELDS OF BLOOD

  1. Thank you Kathy. I have never actually read that poem until now. So poignant…so sad.

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    • says:

      The fact that it was composed on the field of battle makes it even more so. The cost of war is way too high, but those who have chosen to serve are willing to do so. They deserve so much more gratitude then we can ever give them.

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