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McHenry VFW Post #4600
3002 West Route 120
McHenry Illinois 60051
Holding the Torch High
|by John McCrae
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.
While most of us have seen Veterans selling poppies
during the spring, many are not aware of the origin and
significance of this little red flower.
The poppy flower sprung up and grew wild on the
ravaged battlefields of WWI in Belgium, Gallipoli and
France. Where the ground had been disturbed by the
forces of battle and where those who had fallen in battle
had been interred, poppy seeds that may have lain
dormant for long periods of time responded and grew.
It was such a field that became the inspiration for a now
famous poem, written in memory of the author's fallen
|Wear your poppy in remembrance for those who gave
their lives so that all may live free. Wear your poppy to
honor the hands of the heroes that made them. Wear
your poppy to tell all that America stands behind our
Veterans. Wear your poppy with pride as a symbol
that as a nation, we will never forget.
The poppy is a symbol of keeping the faith for all who died.
By 1922 the first poppies, imported from France, were sold as
fundraisers and soon adopted as the official memorial flower of
the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
In 1923, the Buddy Poppy was registered and trademarked.
Disabled American Veterans were now assembling the poppies
which continues to this day. Proceeds benefit our Veterans,
giving them compensation for their work and providing much
needed services and programs.
Today as in years past, volunteers in communities across our
Country sell Buddy Poppies on Poppy Day.