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    Posted: November 10 2013 at 10:04pm
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.

 

Each item on the table symbolizes something to honor our missing veterans...


The white tablecloth: A soldier's pure heart

A lemon slice and salt: A soldier's bitter fate and tears

An empty chair: A missing soldier

A black napkin: The sorrow of captivity

A turned over glass: A meal that will not be eaten

A white candle: Peace

A red rose in a vase tied with a red ribbon: The hope that our missing will return someday

 

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I note of late that more Americans are becoming aware of the "Flanders Poem"..although we still get asked,"Whats that little red flower on your lapel for...?"
FYI, McRrae's home in Guelph, Ontario was designated -years ago-as a National Historic site, and turned into a museum.
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The Flanders poppy has been the symbol or Cenotaph day ever since I can remember in the U.K.
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Yeah..the UK (& Commonwealth) but YOUR in MD.
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Don't worry, mate. We'll edumacate them.
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i recently read something on the poppies and the person responcible for its use , but cannot for the life of me recall where 
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The VFW has passed out "buddy poppies" ( paper lapel poppies} for years as an reductional/fundraiser.

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The Poppy is the main source of revenue for the Royal Canadian Legion.
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I don't know if its still true but they used to be made in England by veterans who were living in assisted living barracks, many of who were disabled. I don't know if there are enough left to be the source any longer though.

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Years ago I heard that as well. Don't think that's the case now, tho.
I know they are machine produced. We go through 10's of thousands every year @ our branch alone.
I understand that our poppy tally 3 days ago was in excess of $13,000.Theres a crew going out today to pick up the donation boxes - so that figure will rise sharply.
Theres 5 branches in my city alone-so that will translate to ALOT of $$ once the tally is in.
Unfortunatley-EVERY cent of it is spoken for
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Here the VFW has sold or given away lapel poppies since I can remember; over 35 years that I know of. IDK about the rest of the nation but it's always been a symbol of sacrifice and explained in terms of WWI.
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