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We Shall Keep the Faith

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

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.

[Author: Moina Michael]

Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Memorial Day is a federal US holiday observed annually on the last Monday of May to commemorate and honor all Americans who died while in military service.

Memorial DayOn this day, the USA flag is first raised quickly, and then solemnly lowered half-staff until mid-day (to commemorate those in the armed forces who gave their lives while serving their country). At noon, the flag is raised to full-staff until sunset, symbolizing the raising of the fallen’s memory by the living so their sacrifice is not in vain, and who resolve to continue the fight for freedom and justice on their behalf.

Inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields” that refer to the fields of poppies that grew on a battlefield in Flanders (Belgium), YWCA worker Moina Michael attended a conference wearing a silk poppy pinned to her coat and distributed over two dozen more to others present. She also penned the poem “We Shall Keep the Faith“, part of which reads:

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.

This custom of wearing artificial poppies moved the American Legion in 1920 to adopt the poppy as their official symbol of remembrance.

Here are some other interesting Memorial Day facts and trivia:

  • It was first celebrated as “Decoration Day” because of the practice of decorating soldier’s graves with flowers.
  • Memorial Day is commonly known as “The gateway to Summer” and a popular day for grilling and BBQ.
  • Although Memorial Day became its official title in the 1880s, the holiday wouldn’t legally be named Memorial Day until 1967.
  • On Memorial Day at 3:00pm local time, Americans are asked to pause for a minute of silence or listen to “Taps” as a “National Moment of Remembrance” (established by Congress in 2000).
  • The Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend took effect in 1971.
  • The Indianapolis 500 motor race has been held on Memorial Day since 1911.
  • More than 36 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home on Memorial Day.
  • Every year around Memorial Day, Veterans of Foreign Wars members and American Legion Auxiliary volunteers distribute red poppies in exchange for contributions to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans.
  • In Great Britain this day is commemorated as “Remembrance Day”.

The practice of sending roses to close family of fallen heroes has now become a tradition, so if you would like to honor and commemorate the memory of an Americans who died in military service, you can place such an order now.


A Rose That Once Stood Alone

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

A solitary rose grew in the darkest corner of the garden
Surrounded by many others
Yet remained alone

Time passed and trials came and went
One dealt a severe blow
And the rose began to wilt and wither


Then… as if by a miracle…

There came a soft and gentle breeze
Followed by a ray of light
As all the other roses fell into darkness
The solitary rose began to shine

Shining with a special light…
And watered by a gentle cascade…
A cascade of love
A cascade of selfless affection

“I do… not now but forever…”
Said the rose to the sunlight
And there they remain
A rose in full bloom
With her sunshine smiling down on her…

You are my sunshine, my life, my very soul
And I your rose blooming in the light of your love.

[Author: Zahra Ahmed]

Solitary Rose

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

A solitary rose in the garden
Whispered to herself
These thorns are for my safety
Alas! Still they pluck me up
Stumbling to the decking hall
Placing herself in the smiling wall
How she lost in her own thoughts,
About the warmth of the credulous wind
And the charm of the maternal land
Still she responsibly did her duty
blazing her fragrance and beauty.

[Author: Navya Kumar]

A Solitary Rose

Friday, February 28th, 2014

A Solitary Rose sways with the freezing
wind, so cold that the petals can not fall
but stand erect as though remembering the
summer’s loving warmth. Placed next to the
home where none know of the burning cold
lingering just over the threshold, the
Solitary Rose, covered in vines and thorns,
strives to live as though there is no other
purpose in its existence, but soon becomes
like one who shares a memory and none are
there to listen.

[Author: Jo Paiz]

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