Saturday, May 23, 2009

Memorial Day

Frank and I did a little shopping yesterday. As we came out of one store a member of the local American Legion Axillary sat behind a table with red poppies. My heart just swells each year I see them.

Each nine-piece poppy is made by veterans for veterans in Auxiliary sponsored Poppy Shops that supplement physical and psychological therapy needed by hospitalized and disabled veterans. The Auxiliary provides the materials and the volunteers. The veteran makes the poppy and is paid a small amount for each painstakingly made flower. For some it is their only income. They are never sold... they are exchanged for a contribution.


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.

It is a great pleasure to honor those that have served our country to the highest degree by giving their life.

Now wipe the tears from your eyes and enjoy your weekend!



  1. Thank you for such a touching post this afternoon. God bless our troops.
    You and Frank take care and have a nice weekend.

  2. This is a beautiful tribute to our honored dead! I like the poem (included it in one of my posts) and memorized when I was in school. Taps is always chilling.

  3. I hope they have these when I go to Walmart this eveing, hope its not to late in the day. Have a GREAT weekend:)

  4. Beautiful post. I didn't know that about the poppies. Thanks for sharing that.

  5. Thank you for explaining the poppy. I remember them as a kid. I do not know if I have seen them since. But I will remember this from now on thank you. And thank you for visiting my blog as I recover. You are a wonderful friend.

  6. This is a wonderful post Zaroga and the "Taps" give me chills every time I hear it. I hope your Memorial day is a nice one.


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