|“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.
“We are the Dead. Short days ago
…..an excerpt from the Poem
“In Flander’s Fields by Colonel John McCrae
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”.
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.