Monday, May 28, 2012

In Memorium

 On this Memorial Day you might be interested to know that the relation of color red to Memorial Day goes beyond the red, white, and blue we are used to seeing on the American flag and those blow out sale posters at the mall.
The color red and the poppy symbolize remembrance of those who perished in war. This association came out of one of the most memorable poems ever written about war - "In Flanders Fields" by Lt. Col. John McCrae. The poppies referred to in the poem grew in profusion in Flanders on the disturbed earth of the World War I battlefields.

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

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 not forget the fallen.

Until next time,

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