The Mourning After Memorial Day - Poppies

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My father wore poppies. He told me my grandfather served in WW1 after which red poppies became a symbol of remembrance for those that served and died for our country. I learned about the poem, "In Flander's Field" written in 1915. It begins like this, "In Flanders fields the poppies blow, between the crosses, row on row..." 

The tradition has been that when poppies are sold on Memorial Day, and when you make a donation to a veteran's group, you receive a poppy. Since Memorial Day celebrations were canceled in many communities throughout the United States, if you can make a donation to a Veteran's Group in your area, it would be greatly appreciated. 

 

June 21 is Father's Day. If you had or still have a father, it all began with a kiss. In honor of father's everywhere, I hope your family finds something creative to do. Plan now to make it a special day. 

 

I remember the day I took this photo in Sarasota, FL thinking about how passionate those kisses were when men came home from war and since my father was a Sailor in WWII, I could only imagine the many kisses between my parents who produced five girls. 

 

During this historic pandemic there's a lot to worry about but my advice is don't let material things and fear stop you from celebrating life. Love often. Celebrate family and friends. Build relationships. You can't put a price tag on people or creation. Wait not for calendar dates or permission to express how much others mean to you. Be brave. In order to live fully, you have to have faith, freedom, hope, and most of all love ---Patricia Feager   

 

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Rainmaker
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Erik Hiss - Alleluia! I agree. We all need to send a donation to our local VFW Auxiliary and request Poppies to educate future generations. Long live the poppy and may no one forget the sacrifices by our men and women in uniform who paid the ultimate price by fighting for our freedom.  The deserve honor and respect throughout eternity. 

May 27, 2020 08:42 AM #43
Rainmaker
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Kat Palmiotti - With freedom hanging in the balance, we who know and understand what the price of freedom means, need to be stronger than ever. United we stand. Divided we fall. As fellow citizens who loves our country, family, friends, and creation its up to us to take control of America's future bravely, by at the very least educating others with the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.   

May 27, 2020 08:49 AM #44
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I did not know that about the red poppies, now when I see it I will know what it is about.  I hope that you are doing well my friend!

May 27, 2020 09:43 AM #45
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello,  I am old enough to remember wearing poppies in my shirt when I was young and honoring our fallen service people.

 

May 27, 2020 10:06 AM #46
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
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Brian England - something must have changed with some past Presidential new orders since you and many others have no clue what I'm talking about and no memory of poppies. However, I'm delighted to see there are a few here on AR who remember the day of wearing poppies well. It was a great tradition. 

May 27, 2020 10:31 AM #47
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Will Hamm - So many things have changed over the years. It's sad when younger generations don't know what we were lucky enough to learn and experience in life. I'm afraid there were many historial traditions that were scrapped or changed without our knowledge. Thank you, for remembering. I know you to be an honorable man. 

May 27, 2020 10:33 AM #48
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Dan Hopper
Dan Hopper - Individual Proprietor - Westminster, CO
Denver Realtor / Author / Advocate/Short Sale

Very nice posting,  ,  something that the younger generation needs to understand the symbolism of the Poppy.  I have so many relatives that have served and still are serving in the Military.  We just should never forget the ultimate sacrifices our soldiers have gave for us to have the Freedoms we do.

May 27, 2020 11:43 AM #49
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Dan Hopper - Comments like yours means so much to me. Now is the time for us to join hands together in a virtual world and squeeze hard. The ultimate sacrifices by our military soldiers redefined the meaning of freedom which we CAN'T take for granted. The first time I experience a military funeral was for a second cousin who got killed in Vietnam in the 1960's. The last time I saw him was when all the first and second cousins sat around a bon fire singing silly songs while roasting hot dogs over the fire. It was pitch dark everywhere except in our circle of light and the stars were so bright. We were together. We were safe. When we got the announcement he was killed, we all cried. He left this world too soon and left permanent memories. The sacrifice of any soldier who loses their life for the greater good to experience freedom is something that goes above and beyond any other achievement. At the very least we can do is make a donation to the VFW and to honor them every opportunity we get. 

May 27, 2020 12:00 PM #50
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Each and every year a poppy hung from my visor in my car on Memorial Day and for days (and yes, weeks too) after, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP ... it's good that we remember and honor all the sacrifices made on our behalf ...

Gene

May 27, 2020 12:30 PM #51
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi - I am so happy to hear you believe in the poppy for Veterans too! Compared to what they do for us, a poppy is the very least we can do for them. We all owe them a debt of gratitude. 

May 27, 2020 01:56 PM #52
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Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
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Hi Patricia,  I love your quote "to live fully, you must have faith, freedom, hope and love."  That is good.  We should share more of all of these things every day.

May 28, 2020 08:29 AM #53
Rainmaker
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Thanks Ricki Eichler McCallum. I hope you're doing well. I wish you all the very best.                                                 

May 28, 2020 01:22 PM #54
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP ,

Congratulations on a delightful post receiving a gold star! You are right don't let material things and fear stop you from celebrating life!Love often is the key!!

May 28, 2020 06:49 PM #55
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Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Lovely post in every way...

we have a big military presence in Alaska  Past present and future and the poppies are prevalent!  I have them on my ad each year along with Taps.

We Cherish too the Poppy Red

that grows on fields where Valor Led

It seems to signal to the sky 

That Blood of Heroes Never Die

 

May 29, 2020 02:08 AM #56
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning, Patricia.

I hope you are enjoying a productive week.

May 29, 2020 04:22 AM #57
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR - Thank you, so much!!! I enjoyed writing this one and love the comments received. Yours was especially thoughtful. What the world needs now more than ever is love!!!

May 29, 2020 05:10 AM #58
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Debra Leisek - I love how you market for holidays and understand the meaning behind the Poppy for Memorial Day! I did not know you had a "big military presence," in Alaska. That's very interesting. The poem you shared was one I never heard before. It goes straight through the heart. Thank you very much for sharing!!!

Debra, I always appreciate hearing from you because you're genuine, kind, thoughtful and smart! I hope life is treating you and your family well and that the sun shines on you brightly. 

May 29, 2020 05:21 AM #59
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Hi Roy Kelley - If there's something I never had are idle hands or manicures. I stay busy and I'm not afraid to use my hands to do the hard work.

Take care!

May 29, 2020 05:22 AM #60
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Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Wonderful post Patricia! 01/19/68 is a day I will always remember on Memorial Day. A good friend went MIA that day, and remains so to this day

May 30, 2020 07:20 AM #61
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Oh, Tom Bailey I'm so sorry for your loss. The year 1968 is a year I remember as if it was yesterday, but not in the way you do. To be MIA leaves a permanent hole in one's heart; a dead end. To muster all your courage to go on to survive with hope is a battle in itself. It must have been a very sad day. To live without closure is very, very hard on family, loved ones, and friends. Learning to act with bravery and benevolence in adversarial situations is, in itself a major achievement. As we move into this unknown future, may you have peace, courage, strength, health of body, mind and soul. 

May 30, 2020 07:11 PM #62
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