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Memorial Day 2017

“Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Honoring Soldiers with Poppies on Memorial Day

The connection between the red poppy and soldiers killed on the battlefield goes back to World War I. World War I was one of the deadliest wars in history. Over 16 million people were killed during this war, and 20 million people were wounded. Furious battles in places like Belgium and France created a landscape full of burned fields, fallen trees, and torn up soil. While flying over these scarred battlefields, a soldier named John McCrae noticed the red poppies growing there. This prompted him to pen the famous poem, In Flanders Fields.

 

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