Memorial Day

Origins, Observance and Significance of the Poppy.

Memorial Day, a time to pause and consider the true meaning of this holiday. The Holiday represents national awareness and reverence to honor those Americans who died, defending our nation and its values. We should honor these heroes every day for the profound contribution they have made to securing our nation’s freedom, however we should especially honor them on the designated day. Memorial Day was originally known as ‘Decoration Day’ for the practice of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths, and flags in memory and honor of those fallen fighting for our precious freedoms, going all the way back to 1882.

To Read More: http://www.usmemorialday.org/?page_id=2

 

To observe the memory of our fallen, the flag is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position where it will remain

until noon. It is then raised full-staff for the remainder of the day. More on this: http://www.usmemorialday.org/?page_id=35

 

 

The Poppy Seed and it’s historical significance: http://www.usmemorialday.org/

 

A beautiful Poem

“We Shall Keep the Faith”

By Moina Michael

Oh! You who sleep in Flanders fields, Sleep sweet – to rise anew!

We caught the torch you threw And holding high, we keep the Faith

With All who died

We cherish, too, the poppy red That grows on fields where valor led;

It seems to signal to the skies

That blood of heroes never dies, But lends a lustre to the red

Of the flower that blooms above the dead

In Flanders field

And now the Torch and Poppy Red

We wear in honor of our dead

Fear not that ye have died for naught;

We’ll teach the lesson that you wrought

In Flanders field