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Old 05-25-2012, 11:42 AM   #1
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Memorial Day...Poppies...WWI

Poppies were worn on Memorial Day as a remembrance of those who have died in our nation’s service. The practice takes its origin from the poem In Flanders Fields, written in 1915 by John McCrae:


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.
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:41 PM   #2
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Just spent a good five bucks yesterday for a poppy from an American Legion guy in my local supermarket.

I always get choked up by that poem, ever since a trip through Flanders some years ago. There is a huge memorial structure just on the edge of Ypres (Ieper in Flemish), inscribed with the names of the more than 50,000 fallen Allied troops whose bodies were never found. I got to see most of the town come out to the memorial at sundown. They read out a number of the names, with appropriate ceremony, military band and all. They have been doing this continuously since World War i. It's something that brings tears to the eyes very easily, and you never forget it, just like those people (nearly all of whom were unborn when the battles took place) don't forget the sacrifice of others who made sure they can speak Flemish today instead of German.


The Menin Gate (Porte de Menin - Menenpoort), Ypres (Ieper), Belgium
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The national WWI museum in Kansas City has a stunning poppy display. Each poppy represents 1,000 fallen soldiers.
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I went to the grocery store today and upon leaving I realized there wasn't a veteran with poppies. I wonder if the store refused to allow them, this kind of thing is happening.
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To all you veterans out there, before the day subsides, I want to thank all who have served and are serving. Especially:
Our son: Cpl. John Taylor, United States Marine Corps. 1988-1993
Son in Law: Mst. Sgt. Ron Gettler, United States Marine Corps. 1972-1995
Grandson: Sailor Nick Gettler, United States Navy, recent recruit graduate

Thank you all.
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To all you veterans out there, before the day subsides, I want to thank all who have served and are serving. Especially:
Our son: Cpl. John Taylor, United States Marine Corps. 1988-1993
Son in Law: Mst. Sgt. Ron Gettler, United States Marine Corps. 1972-1995
Grandson: Sailor Nick Gettler, United States Navy, recent recruit graduate
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To all you veterans out there, before the day subsides, I want to thank all who have served and are serving. Especially:
Our son: Cpl. John Taylor, United States Marine Corps. 1988-1993
Son in Law: Mst. Sgt. Ron Gettler, United States Marine Corps. 1972-1995
Grandson: Sailor Nick Gettler, United States Navy, recent recruit graduate

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Same here, thanks to all who serve and have served.
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Thanks for posting this MickeyD.

We wore our poppies this year at the Memorial Day parade where we are on vacation in San Juan Island.

A young girl from middle school recited the 1st verse of "In Flanders Field" which was very moving.

Each year on Remembrance Sunday in The Royal Albert Hall, a petal representing each life lost in war is released during the ceremony.

Thanks to all who have died, served, and continued to serve in our military.

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The national WWI museum in Kansas City has a stunning poppy display. Each poppy represents 1,000 fallen soldiers.
The museum is also the national monument to US soldiers who served and dies in the war. The museum itself is a national treasure, IMO. Anyone who has the misfortune to pass time in KC should head there forthwith.
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I bought my poppy at a local VFW after the Memorial Day parade I attended and photographed. I attached it to my necklace during the day and it now hangs from the rearview mirror in Mr B's car.

The first picture from a ceremony after the parade. Anybody know what is happening here?
I won't be online for a few days, but will check back and see who knows the answer.

The second picture is self explanatory.
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