Veteran's Day and the Flower of Remembrance
Thank you to those that serve, past and present. The flower of remembrance – a red poppy – has become a symbol to remember veterans.
The origins of the flower stem from the poem “In Flanders Fields” by Col. John McCrae, a surgeon in Canada’s First Brigade Artillery. After reading the poem, Anna E. Guerin and Moina Michael started a fundraiser selling artificial poppies. They wanted to help those affected by the war, including orphans, and the poppy flower became well known in the 1920s.
To read more on the flower of remembrance, click here: http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/celebrate/flower.pdf.
A special thanks to those moms and dads that leave home for months at a time on deployment – it’s not easy coming home to kids that have grown up away from you. I wouldn’t take a day back from my time in the Navy, but I always admired and still do the new and experienced parents that leave for extended periods of time.
“We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow Loved, and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.” By John McCrae.