Red Poppies: Lest We Forget

Memorial Day is a time to pay homage to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We stand united in deep appreciation for lives.

 

Let Us Remember …

Today, upheaval and separation of ideals seems pervasive. People seem more divided. Let us put aside strife as Memorial Day approaches. Let us remember the significance of this day. A somber day to remember the fallen and honor their sacrifice.

 

National Moment of Remembrance

In 2000, the National Moment of Remembrance Act was passed. It asks Americans to pause in a “symbolic act of unity.” At 3:00 pm, we stand for a minute of silence to remember the men and women “who died in pursuit of freedom and peace.”

 

It’s Origin …

The first Decoration Day, as it was known then, was May 30, 1868. It honored the 620,000 men who died in the Civil War. In 1968, Memorial Day was established as the last Monday in May. Honor is bestowed on the over 1.3 million service members who have given their lives.

 

The Red Poppy …

It is the international symbol of remembrance. This symbol originated 100 years after the United States entered WW1. The poppy symbolizes the sacrifices encountered fighting against the Germans. It remains a reminder of service and sacrifice.

Spring and summer the meadows of Flanders were full of poppies. During the Great War, the poppies disappeared. The trampling and bombing of the battlefields inhibited the regrowth. When the war was over, the poppies returned in full grandeur. The blood red poppy fields had a major impact.

 
 
 
 

In Flanders Fields

by John McCrae
Written in Flanders on May 3, 1915

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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.

 

 

Here at Home – The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery

A reminder of ultimate sacrifice. In March 1921, Congress approved the burial of a WW1 unidentified solder. The monument was dedicated to all unidentified servicemen, inscribed:
 

Here Rests in Honored Glory an American Soldier Known but to God.

 

Think gratitude and appreciation. Recognize their service and sacrifice to our country. Let stories and memories be shared. Serve their families. Hang a flag. Visit a grave. Attend a memorial service. Say a prayer. Wear a poppy. Remember.

 

 

Let us put aside differences

No matter the political views, let us focus those who gave their lives in the line of duty. Their commitment to secure and defend affords great freedoms.

 

 

 

Katie Stankiewicz, founder of Willow Equine, has always had a passion for horses and a deep desire to see people succeed. Willow Equine offers equine assisted psychotherapy and business development in Mooresville, NC. Her mission is to enlighten clients to their innate abilities. Whether it’s taking the lead in their own health or focusing on leadership within their company, clients re-energize themselves through self-discovery. Clients are able to transform their struggles into authentic successes, which becomes an intricate part of their overall wellness.

 

 

 

 

 

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