Happy Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Fun in the Sun

Have a wonderful, fun-filled, & safe Memorial Day weekend, everyone!! Don't forget to wear sunscreen!!

And a special thanks to all of our fallen soldiers - may we never forget that they made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could live in a country that offers us so many freedoms.

In 1915, John McCrae wrote the poem "In Flanders Fields" - this poem is why poppies are associated with veterans and Memorial Day. You can read more about the poem and Dr. McCrae's experience in WWI on the Arlington National Cemetery website. You can go here to read more about how poppies became the sign of remembrance for veterans & why the money collected from the sale of poppies goes to benefit various veteran programs.

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.