|Photo Credit: Mez Merrill|
“I come from the South and I know what war
is, for I have seen its terrible wreckage and
ruin. It is easy for me as President to declare
war. I do not have to fight, and neither do
the gentlemen on the Hill who now clamor
It is some poor farmer's boy, or the son of
some poor widow - who will have to do the
fighting and dying.”
- President Woodrow Wilson
Thank you to all the veterans of all the wars since the 'war to
end all wars' ended 100 years ago.
Thank you to my husband, Ted, who served for 28 years in
the U.S. Navy.
|Ted speaks at his retirement ceremony.|
|Ron enjoying a light moment with his son Jack at Ted's retirement party.|
It begins with the poem "In Flanders Fields" by John
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.
A woman named Moina Michael was struck by the end of the poem, and wrote an answering poem, "We Shall Keep The Faith":
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.
Moina vowed always to wear a poppy as an emblem of remembrance, and she shared that tradition with others. The rest of the tale of the Remembrance Poppy can be seen here.