Sunday, May 27, 2012

The poppy

When I lived in Canada, I always wore a poppy over my heart in November.  They gave them out in school and members of Legion volunteered at the mall handing them out too.  Here's one I keep on my bulletin board:

I even remember going door to door with a tray of poppies with my grandmother.  She was very involved in the Ladies Auxiliary branch of the Canadian Legion.  I can't help but think of my beloved grandmother when holidays like this come around.  (Next month marks the 1 year anniversary of her death.)  Here she is in her uniform.  I don't know who the guy is with her but he's wearing a poppy so I didn't want to crop him out.  hehe

The poem Flanders Field is a well known poem among Canadians and we wear the poppy to remember those who have lost their lives in war.  Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote it: 

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.

Remembrance Day (aka Veteran's Day - USA) is on Nov.11th and it's the day to reflect on the lives lost in war.  Now I'm in the USA and we remember the fallen in May too.  Memorial Day is this weekend and although it's not common to wear a poppy in this country, a friend of mine, Kathy, made poppies this year.  (She has Canadian roots too.)

Here I am wearing her beautiful felt poppy as I remember lives lost today.  We can not take our service members for granted.  Both Canada and the USA are great countries to live in BECAUSE of the sacrifice made many years ago.

May we NEVER forget.

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

Hey Mary! John's second greade class had a ceremony at the cemetery on Friday and they had to memorize that. So grateful for the luxurious freedoms that we have.