Friday, November 13, 2015

Veterans/Armistice Day Poppies

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.

                                  -Col. John McCrae, 1919
Throughout Europe, Canada and America, poppies have become a symbol of life, death and remembrance. 11/11 is a day to honor those who serve for us. It began as Armistice day, or the day World War I ended (on the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour).

Third and fourth grade created large poppies to color our hallways and honor the Veterans in our lives. 
We hung the display at the end of October. By Veteran's Day--this flag was full of images of Veterans from our students and staff. Quite a powerful sight.



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