"In Flanders field the poppies grow,
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 field.
"Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you for 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 field."
When Moina Michael read this poem in 1915 she wore a bright red poppy she had made and then sold such poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to service men in need.
The Flanders Poppies, as they are called, are given in exchange for donations given to help veterans by VFW and American Legion Auxiliary.
The writer's grandson is a Marine and his granddaughter is in the Air Force.
Going back to the American Revolution Lt. Col. Samuel of the Continental Army was his ancestor.
Wear your Flanders Poppy proudly.
Travel to Flanders field or look at pictures of the area and you will see what appears to be acre upon acre of bright red poppies. You will also see more crosses than you could imagine before going there.
Those attentive to detail in The Wizard of Oz will recall the scene with the wicked witch hovering over her crystal ball and saying poppies will put them to sleep.
Patent medications during Victorian England often used opium. Carrie Nation, who opposed alcohol beverage in any form, hacked saloons to pieces with her fearsome hatchet while enjoying opium in her patent tonics.
George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew, according to their garden records, cannabis sativa (marijuana). Those who have read much of Sherlock Holmes know that he enjoyed his opium, also.
This Papaver somniferum is the opium poppy. The second word of the binominal refers to sleep. Today opium is a major cash crop in Afghanistan.
Would you believe that in 1885 an ad appeared in local papers picturing two children playing. The ad was for Cocaine tooth Drops. That would ease the pain for sure.