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May 24, 2017

"The Red Poppy" was published in the May 26, 2016 edition of the Town and County.  Due to numerous requests to reprint it, we present it for Memorial Day, 2017.

 

            When you see red poppies this Memorial Day, remember that many Veteran's organizations provide the flowers for you to wear proudly; perhaps in return for a donation to their worthy group.

            The story of the significance of the poppy comes from a poem written in 1915 by Lt. Col. John McRae during World War I.  McRae wrote the poem sitting at the back of an ambulance, one day after a close friend and former student was killed by an enemy artillery shell. 

            In the decimated fields of battle, and after the chaos was over, one of the plants that began to grow in clusters was the red field poppy.  It is an ...



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