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Written by Larry Roeder, Editor
May 25, 2016

                When you see red poppies this Memorial Day, remember that many Veteran's organizations provide the flowers for you to wear proudly; perhaps in return for a donation to their worthy group.

                The story of the significance of the poppy comes from a poem written in 1915 by Lt. Col. John McRae during World War I.  McRae wrote the poem sitting at the back of an ambulance, one day after a close friend and former student was killed by an enemy artillery shell. 

                In the decimated fields of battle, and after the chaos was over, one of the plants that began to grow in clusters was the red field poppy.  It is an annual plant that flowers every year and the seeds are disseminated in the wind.  The seeds can lie dormant in the ground for a long time before coming back to life....



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