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Memorial Day Remembrance

We would like to take a moment and remember all of those who have given their life for their country, our country. So many men and women have given the ultimate sacrifice, their life.  Through their heroic actions, we are free.  The United States of American remains the land of the free because of their selfless actions.

Have you noticed Red Poppies displayed and worn on Memorial Day Weekend? I have.  But, I never realized their significance… until now. And, I wanted to share this with you.  After all, we are not living if we are not learning right? Plus, it’s history!   In 1915, Moina Michael was inspired by the “In Flanders Fields” poem and responded with the following…

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

Did you realize this? I had not!  I would like to share with  you a clip of an article from UsMemorialDay.org:

“She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. Later a Madam Guerin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Ms.Michael and when she returned to France, made artificial red poppies to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women. This tradition spread to other countries. In 1921, the Franco-American Children’s League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium. The League disbanded a year later and Madam Guerin approached the VFW for help. Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans’ organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their “Buddy” Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. In 1948 the US Post Office honored Ms Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.”

How very interesting to know some Memorial Day Tradition History!  Do you have any traditions for Memorial Day? As for me, My Husband and I make rounds to various local cemeteries to visit family members’ graves who have passed on.  They have either died in service, or have served.  It’s only right to honor those who not only die for our freedom, but also those who serve and have served our great Nation!

Thankful to those who have given their life, for my freedom…

 

 

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