Motivational Monday - A Salute to The Poppy Lady on a Very Special Monday

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Motivational Monday - A Salute to The Poppy Lady on a Very Special Monday

Memorial Day, 2019

 

Motivational Memorial Monday

 

About The Poppy Lady - 

 

Moina Belle Michael, an American professor and humanitarian, conceived the idea of using red Flanders poppies as a symbol of remembrance for those who served in World War I. Her inspirational idea of using poppies to create a token of Remembrance became a reality in 1918. 

 

Moina Michael was also well known for her tireless work to help disabled veterans. During her time of her time volunteering with the National YMCA, a young soldier left Lt. Col. John McCrae's famous poem "In Flanders Fields," about the war's devastation. McCrae was a field surgeon in the Canadian artillery. 

 

Since women were not allowed to vote, Moina put forth a tireless effort by mailing out thousands of letters to convince the entire nation to accept her Poppy idea. Speaking to countless groups and organizations, Moina used her own money for travel, stationary & stamps - all on a schoolteacher’s salary.

 

Enjoy Moina’s poem, penned in 1918…

 

Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet - to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.
In Remembrance

 

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

 

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 lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.

 


 

 

Do you have a cause that you are passionate about? Keep fighting for what you believe in…

 

“First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.” - Mahatma Gandhi

 

© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | CharlotteBroker@icloud.com | Motivational Monday - A Salute to The Poppy Lady on a Very Special Monday

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Roy Kelley
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We have a beautiful day in Maryland for the Memorial Day events.

Have a very special day and an outstanding week.

May 27, 2019 06:38 AM #3
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Good morning Debe - on this day of remembrance we must also assume our duty to fight for what they gave us.

May 27, 2019 07:19 AM #4
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Hmm, I had not heard about the poppy lady before, but I am glad that I read this post.  I hope that you have a wonderful day!

May 27, 2019 07:46 AM #5
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Hello Debe - passion is expressed in so many ways and this example by Moina Michael is one of memorable proportions.  

May 27, 2019 09:44 AM #6
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Nina I was not aware of Moina Belle Michael, so thank you for sharing this.

May 27, 2019 11:01 AM #7
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Thank you, Wayne Martin - I am in total agreement!

May 27, 2019 11:54 AM #8
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You're so welcome, Donald Urschalitz - have a wonderful, safe Memorial Day.

May 27, 2019 11:55 AM #9
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So do we, Roy Kelley -it's absolutely gorgeous! Enjoy your day!

May 27, 2019 11:55 AM #10
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It is so our right and our duty, Grant Schneider - excellent point!

May 27, 2019 11:56 AM #11
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Well, now you know the rest of the story, Brian England! I love her story!

May 27, 2019 11:59 AM #12
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People who are so deeply passionate are truly inspirational, aren't they, Michael Jacobs? Their passion and drive are contagious! 

May 27, 2019 12:01 PM #13
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Hi George! It's Debe - glad you enjoyed it! 

George Souto 

May 27, 2019 12:02 PM #14
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Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS - I was not aware of the red poppies.  I really appreciate that story and how important a role Moina played. 

There are more disabled veterans than we can ever imagine. Most keep it deep inside of them. We must remember that. 

May 27, 2019 02:08 PM #15
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Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS Thank you for sharing such a beautiful post. 

May 27, 2019 02:32 PM #16
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Morning Debe.

I have a vision (goal) I want to achieve before I retire for the last time.  So far, it's working.  When it happens my plan is to volunteer helping veterans in any way that I can, we'll see

May 28, 2019 01:46 AM #17
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Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS I am always amazed at the number of veterans events that took root because women advanced the idea(s)

May 29, 2019 04:51 AM #18
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Debe Maxwell, CRS - I believe in the Poppy Lady too! When I was a little girl I loved flowers. I'll never forget the day my dad, (Navy WWII) sat me down and told me the lesson and the true meaning of life behind every soldier and why I should never turn down a poppy. 

Beautiful post and lessons for all! 

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 What a wonderful sign of remembrance from those fallen heroes of World War I. Believe it or not I have never heard of that Poppy lady until now, Debe...

May 29, 2019 02:15 PM #20
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I wasn’t familiar as with her as you are, but thank you for the education and happy memorial day belated!

May 29, 2019 11:28 PM #21
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Thank you for sharing this Debe Maxwell, CRS . I am going to print out the poem and memorize it.

May 30, 2019 05:40 AM #22
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