Memorial Day Remembrance

In memory of Memorial Day, John Clarke Chapter members created an exhibit at the W. H. Stanton Memorial Library in Social Circle, Ga. dedicated to those Americans who have fallen while serving in our nation’s military. Moina Michael, “The Poppy Lady” is also recognized in the display for her idea of using poppies as a symbol of remembrance for those who served in World War I. In war-torn battlefields, the red field poppy was one of the first plants to grow. Long scattered in the wind, its seeds sat dormant in the ground, only germinating when the ground is disturbed-as it was by the very brutal fighting during World War I. Today, poppies are both the symbol of loss of life and a symbol of recovery and new life, especially in support of those servicemen and women who are impaired physically or emotionally. John McCrae, a Canadian soldier and surgeon in World War I is known for his famous war memorial poem compose in 1915, “In Flanders Fields”.