In Flanders Fields


My poppies have begun blooming, just in time for Memorial Day.

I know that my poppies are not the same type that traditionally represent the holiday, but I felt that the symbolism  remains the same. It honors the soldiers who bravely risked their lives in the battlefield.

The symbol of the poppy in memory of fallen soldiers began during the Napoleonic wars where poppies bloomed in the Flanders Field. It was believed that the blood of the soldiers had caused the red poppies to bloom –  a sign that the war was over. Poppies as a symbol of remembrance grew, especially after World War I, with the publishing of the poem, In Flanders Fields.

In Flanders Fields

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.

~by John McCrae, May 1915~



About Jill-O

a girl who likes lakes, trees and critters; making an attempt at living the artistic life.
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2 Responses to In Flanders Fields

  1. Luanne says:

    Oh, that glorious poppy! Thank you for the poem, too, Jill.

  2. Poppies and poetry, a lovely mix! I have the most lovely pink ones here.

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