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The Red Poppy is also known as Papaver rhoeas, "Corn Poppy", "Corn Rose", "Field- or Flanders-Poppy", "Red Weed" or "Coquelicot".  It is the symbol for fallen soldiers.

 

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The Red Poppy as a Symbol

A red poppy has become the emblem of Remembrance Day based on the poem "In Flanders Fields" written by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae.  Dr. McCrae, a Guelph, Ontario native, served as a doctor with the Canadian Artillery in the First World War.  He was inspired to write after being shaken by the battlefield death of a close friend.  Written in May of 1915, his words are relevant to every conflict since.   

 

The Poppy - a symbol of blood spilled during the war.

During the Napoleonic Wars, the poppy flower drew attention as a mysterious flower that bloomed over the graves of fallen soldiers.  The poppy became widespread in Europe after soils in France and Belgium became rich in lime from debris and rubble from the fighting during the First World War.  The little red flowers flourished around the gravesites of the war dead.

In the 20th century, the poppy flower was again noticed blooming in France and Belgium when their soils became rich in lime from rubble during the First World War.  The flowers flourished around the graves of the war dead as they had 100 years earlier.

Dr. John McCrae took note of the flowers and wrote his famous poem In Flanders Fields. Two days before the Armistice, a Moina Michael was on duty in the reading room at the YMCA Overseas War Secretaries’ headquarters in New York—a place where U.S. servicemen would often gather with friends and family to say their goodbyes before they went overseas. After reading McCrae’s poem, Moina made a personal pledge to always wear the red poppy of Flanders Fields as a sign of remembrance and for “keeping the faith with all who died.”

In Flanders Fields

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.

Dr. John McCrae - 1915

In 1920, Anna Guérin—the French Poppy Lady—attended the national American Legion convention as a representative of France’s YMCA Secretariat. She was inspired by Moina Michael’s idea of the poppy as a memorial flower and felt that the scope of the Memorial Poppy could be expanded to help the needy. She suggested that artificial poppies could be made and sold as a way of raising money for the benefit of orphaned children and others who had suffered greatly as a result of the war.

In 1921, Madame Guérin visited Canada and convinced the Great War Veterans Association of Canada (predecessor to the Royal Canadian Legion) to adopt the poppy as a symbol of remembrance in aid of fundraising; which it did on July 5th of that year.

Source: Government of Canada, Veterans Affairs Canada - Canada Remembers:
http://www.veterans.gc.ca/remembers/

10 Quick Facts on The Poppy

 

Remembrance Day wreaths at Prospect Cemetery

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Photographed November 11th, 2015 at Prospect Cemetery in Toronto, Canada, home to Canada's largest WWI Veteran burial section.  "At the rising of the sun, and at it's going down; We Remember Them."

 

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The Earth
Laughs in Flowers


~ Ralph Waldo 
Emerson ~

 

 

"We can complain 
because rose bushes 
have thorns, 
or rejoice because 
thorn bushes 
have roses."

~ Abraham Lincoln ~

 

 

"I wonder if
the Daffodil,
shrinks from the
touch of frost,
And when her veins
grow stiff & still,
She dreams
that life is lost?
Ah, if she does,
how sweet a thing
Her resurrection
day in spring!

~ Emma C. Dowd ~

 

 

"Bred feeds the body, indeed, but flowers 
feed also the soul."

~ The Koran ~

 


"If seeds in the 
black earth 
can turn into 
such beautiful roses, 
what might not 
the heart of man 
become in its 
long journey 
toward the stars?"

~ G.K. Chesterton ~

 


 

"I'd rather have
roses on my table
than  diamonds
around my neck."
~ Emma Goldman ~

 

 

 

"Where flowers bloom
so does hope."

~ Lady Bird Johnson ~

 

 

 

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