In Flander’s Field – A Memorial Day Tribute

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“In Flander’s Fields” is a poem dedicated to the many fallen Soldier’s during World War I.  The symbol of the “Poppy Flower” refers to the abundance of Poppy’s that grew in “Flander’s Fields”, which was a cemetery used during World War I.   

                                         “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 Flander’s Fields ”    

                                                                                                            … excerpt from the Poem
                                                                               “In Flander’s Fields by Colonel John McCrae



Poppy Watercolor Batik Painting by   MarciaMcKinzieArt

As today is Memorial Day, while many people are celebrating with barbeques’ (hamburgers/hotdogs, etc); partying with friends and family; how many, while partying, actually think of the true meaning of Memorial Day.  The first Memorial Day was celebrated on May 5, 1868, just after the Civil War.  This was a day to honor the many Soldiers and Veterans who fought for our Country. 

When growing up, I had always wondered why I always saw Vet’s wearing a Poppy flower in their lapels on Memorial Day, always celebrated on the last Monday in May.  Many times I have received a Poppy Flower from one of these Vet’s, never knowing the symbolism of it’s true meaning.  I have always loved the vibrant color of the Poppy Flower, but now I have a different respect of the flower when I see a “Field of Poppy’s”.

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Poppy Photography by Rose Clearfield

The origin of the symbolism of the Poppy Flowers goes back to the Civil War, where Colonel John McCrae was inspired by a Field of Poppies growing among the many bodies scattered across the battlefield.

In Flander’s Fields – A Memorial Day Tribute’ by MagdaleneJewels



About Pamela Baker

For as long as I can remember, I have always been interested in various crafts. After crocheting for many years, recently I started designing OOAK jewelry pieces, always learning new techniques as I continued. I also have always loved to write, so I look forward to being a part of this Blog as one it's contributors. As a lifelong resident of NY, I am busy with my two shops on Etsy: MagdaleneJewels (OOAK designed jewelry items: Necklace,Bracelets, Earrings,rings): also, MagdaleneKnits (Crocheted & Knitted items for Newborns to Adults) I can also be found on FB, Twitter, Pinterest, Word Press, YouTube. My Blogs are: I also intend to bring tutorials to help you develop your Shops more effectively to increase your Views and Sales on the various mediums you may be selling your work on. I am always a convo or email away if you have any specific questions I can help you with.
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1 Response to In Flander’s Field – A Memorial Day Tribute

  1. marciamckinzie says:

    Thank you, Pam, for featuring my painting here. I always enjoy reading your blogs!

    Liked by 1 person

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