It's National Poppy Day

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA 92593-B

As Commander of the Georgetown Rene J. Gagnon American Legion Post #211, I am proud to say the United States officially has designated the Friday before Memorial Day National Poppy Day. Today May 26th the US has joined with other nations who have Poppy Days meant to memorialize those who have served and died defending our values. 2017 is the 1st year for National Poppy Day here.

The Poppy is the official flower of the American Legion which was founded by WW1 soldiers in 1919. Here is the story of the Poppy

 

                                  The Poppy Story

After World War I, the poppy flourished in Europe. Scientists attributed the growth to soils in France and Belgium becoming enriched with lime from the rubble left by the war. From the dirt and mud grew a beautiful red poppy. The red poppy came to symbolize the blood shed during battle following the publication of the wartime poem “In Flanders Fields.” The poem was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, M.D. while serving on the front lines.

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.

On September 27, 1920, the poppy became the official flower of The American Legion family to memorialize the soldiers who fought and died during the war. In 1924, the distribution of poppies became a national program of The American Legion.

Each year, members of The American Legion family, led by the American Legion Auxiliary, distribute poppies with a request that the person receiving the flower make a donation to support the future of veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families with medical and financial needs.

Poppy Day is celebrated in countries around the world. This year, The American Legion has brought National Poppy Day™ to the United States by asking Congress to designate the Friday before Memorial Day, as National Poppy Day.

On May 26, wear a red poppy to remember the fallen and support the living who have worn our nation’s uniform.

 

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I pray that God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ will be kind to you and bless you with peace

2 Thessalonians 1:2

 

Doug Dawes REALTOR®, AWREP, LMC

Broker Sales Associate

KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY - Topsfield/Newburyport

49 Main Street
Topsfield, MA 01983
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 978-270-3037  ~ Cell
 DougDawes@KW.com

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Rainmaker
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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Thank you for sharing this information!  TGIF to you!!!

May 26, 2017 05:04 AM #1
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Doug. They deserve our support. Enjoy your day!

May 26, 2017 05:06 AM #2
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
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Good Morning Kristin Johnston - REALTOR® 

This is the 1st year the US has adopted National Poppy Day

May 26, 2017 05:10 AM #3
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Doug Dawes
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Good Morning Wayne Martin 

They do deserve our support and every day

May 26, 2017 05:11 AM #4
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Scott Godzyk
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Thanks for the history behind the poppy give away, today when i see them, i will know Doug Dawes 

May 26, 2017 05:13 AM #5
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Doug Dawes
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Hi Scott Godzyk 

Our Post #211 has an annual Poppy Drive on the Saturday before Memorial Day BUT since this is the 1st year for the US to have National Poppy Day I will be bringing Poppies to the school event today.

May 26, 2017 05:15 AM #6
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Know that we will do just that....a word of caution...from the school of been there and done that...if the dye on the flower gets a drop of moisture on it, it is likely to bleed on to clothing...be careful !  

May 26, 2017 05:22 AM #7
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Ruth Grainger-Starr
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Doug Dawes a great post! Thank you so much for sharing. 

May 26, 2017 05:31 AM #8
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good morning Doug Dawes ,

This is a wonderful story and so glad you posted to remind us today is Poppy Day to remember the fallen and support the living of those who have worn our nation's uniform.

May 26, 2017 05:41 AM #9
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Doug. I never knew the whole story and appreciate hearing it here. Thank you for your service.

May 26, 2017 06:02 AM #10
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Harry F. D'Elia
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Thank you very much in sharing this informative blog with us today

May 26, 2017 06:11 AM #11
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Doug Dawes
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Hi Sally K. & David L. Hanson 

Thanks for the heads up. We have never experienced that problem but will be on the look out

May 26, 2017 07:13 AM #12
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Doug Dawes
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Good Morning Ruth Grainger 

Thank you very much. Enjoy the day

May 26, 2017 07:14 AM #13
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
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Good Morning Dorie Dillard 

National Poppy Day is the Friday before Memorial Day and was just declared so by Congress this year. Today is the 1st National Poppy Day in the US

May 26, 2017 07:16 AM #14
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Doug Dawes
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Good Morning Sheila Anderson 

I'm glad you have now heard the whole story. Enjoy the day

May 26, 2017 07:17 AM #15
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Doug Dawes
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You are most welcome Harry F. D'Elia I'm glad you found it informative

May 26, 2017 07:18 AM #16
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Brian England
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I have never been much into poppies, although they are very nice.  I have friends that love them for decor.

May 26, 2017 07:34 AM #17
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Doug Dawes
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Hi Brian England 

The significance of the poppy is very important to veterans and Gold Star families.

May 26, 2017 11:54 AM #18
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