Happy Veterans Day

Tuscan Poppies at Dawn

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.

-John McCrae


The red corn poppy as a symbol of Veterans Day is haunting.  I did not take the above photo–I purchased it from iStock.  It evokes the very essence of the poem written by John McCrae, during World War I.  While poppies are not much used as a symbol for Veterans Day in the United States, in Canada and Europe, they are one of the main symbols.

As a horticulturist, of course, I was curious to find out the rest of the story about the poppies.  Last year, I wrote a few blogs about them, one of which you can read here.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to all of those who have served, so that I may sleep peacefully at night.


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