Monday May 30th, we will observe a day to remember those who made the supreme sacrifice for our country. A day to show our gratitude to all who have served our country that we may enjoy the freedoms that we have today. We can come and go as we please, go to the Church of our choice without fear of being arrested, we do not have to hide our Bibles. We have the priviledge of going to all type of stores finding what we need or what we think we need. And going to well stocked grocery stores. I could go on and on about our freedoms and the Great Country we live in. I know we all complain. I know I do about the way things are going in America, then I stop and count my blessings. Just remember it is because of the men and women who have fought for their country that we have these Freedoms.
One of my favorite poems is. "In Flanders Field". I have seen pictures of blooming red poppies among rows of white crosses on the deserted battlefield of Western Belgium and Northern France. The last stanza of the poem are haunting to me. It is as follows: "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 Field."
A response to the poem was entitled "We Shall Keep The Faith" written on November 9, 1919 by a lady name Moina. It is as follows: "And now the Torch and poppy red we wear in honor of our dead. Fear not that ye have died for naught, We’ll teach the lessons that ye wrought In Flanders Fields."
After jotting down her poem she declared, "I shall always wear red poppies—poppies of Flanders Field." For many years after World War Two there was always a lady on the street selling red poppies, the official memorial flower of the American Legion. It was made a National program in 1924.
One of my dreams has been to visit Flanders Field and Normandy where Frank landed on D-Day. Before you start your holiday celebration pause a moment and give "THANKS" for your Freedom and remember why you have these Freedoms. Fly a flag, thank a Veteran, shake the hand of a Service Member on active duty.