The Story of the Poppy

    The poppy flower only grows in the absence of

    other flowers and only in ground that has been

    churned.  In perhaps the best-known poem of

    World War 1, when Dr. John McCrae observed

    poppies growing between the crosses on the

    soldiers’ graves, it inspired him to write the poem

    In Flanders Fields.  The poppy has since become

    known as “The Flower of Remembrance” and is

    worn in memory of our veterans.

    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.