‘In Flanders Fields The Poppies Blow…’

05-28 online poppy1Poppies, the traditional flower of Memorial Day, were in full, glorious bloom during the past weekend in the garden of Ilean Hickerson in Crothersville.

The story of the Memorial Day poppy began in a battlefield burial ground in Flanders, Belgium during World War I. A Canadian medical officer, John McCrae, noticed how the poppies had sprung up around the graves and crosses of the fallen, and he was inspired to write the poem “In Flander’s Field”. Thanks to that poem, for nearly 100 years now, the poppy has been linked with Memorial Day.                              ~photo by Tracy Kovener