Monday, May 26, 2014

Do You Remember the Poppies?

When I was a kid, the custom was to accept a "poppy" from a vendor to mark what was then called Decoration Day; red poppies were to remember those who had fought in WW1; white signified the dead.  The first World War lasted from July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918.

This war ended with 22, 477,500 million soldiers who were either killed in action; wounded in action or missing in action. 

"In Flanders Fields" is a well-known poem by a Canadian physician named John McCrae, MD, who wrote it after seeing a friend die in France where he was serving. 

An American woman named Moina Michael started selling poppies to raise money for the disabled veterans of "the Great War."  Something we may have to consider doing for today's veterans. 

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