"THE POPPIES BLOW"
It is fitting poppies are now in bloom,
in time for Memorial Day weekend.
Red poppies (4 varieties shown here)
have become a symbol of rememberance
of soldiers who died in past wars,
especially World War I.
Thousands of French allied troops
were gassed in a surprise attack
by German troops (1915)
while still in their trenches,
in the poppy fields of Flanders.
If you notice a red poppy in someone's lapel
this Memorial Day, it's there in
rememberance of a soldier who died.
"In Flanders fields
the poppies blow,
Between the crosses
row by row."
-- John McCrae