In Flanders fields the poppies blow …

In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae, May 1915

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.



We Shall Keep the Faith
by Moina Michael, November 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.

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.



Photo by Nick Coombs. Published on 05 June 2009 Stock photo – Image ID: 1006694

That blood of heroes never dies … #MemorialDay2016

I want to take a moment to remind everyone of the reason we have Memorial Day. In the United States it began with the Civil War (or War Between The States) as a time of remembrance of the honored dead.

Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle. — From U.S. Memorial Day 

After World War I the day was rededicated to honor those who died in any war.

The poem “In Flanders Field” became associated with the memorial observation around 1918. A woman named Moina Michael came across the poem and was deeply moved by its story. By 1920 she presented to the American Legion and adopted the poppy and the poem as a national emblem of remembrance.

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.

At 3:00 PM, local time on Memorial Day a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation is observed. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.”


Photo by dan. Published on 06 March 2013
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My son’s suicide didn’t have to happen.

On Saturday August 24, 2013 Charleston, WV will host the 3rd Annual “Walk for Suicide Prevention”. The walk will take place at “Magic Island” and will be a leisurely (less than one mile) walk, which favors those who may have trouble walking long distances and is great for families with small children-even in strollers.

The “Walk for Suicide Prevention” benefits Messages For Hope, Inc. Messages For Hope Inc. was created to aid the survivors of a suicide loss by creating suicide response teams to help with the newly bereaved, to create a network of support groups throughout our state, to raise awareness of the mental health treatments that can prevent suicide, and to prevent suicide through education.

Register online HERE or starting at 10 AM, Magic Island, Charleston, WV.