Memorial Day Poem

Memorial Day Poem

by Alta Wehmeyer -
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Dear Parents and Students,

Red Poppies serve as a symbol of remembrance during the Memorial Day weekend. But where did this originate? In his poem 'In Flanders's Field' by Colonel John McCrae (1872-1918), he describes the scene where poppies bloomed in the torn up fields during World War I. 

In Flanders Fields

John McCrae - 1872-1918

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.

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