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Poppy Days to be held tomorrow and Saturday

“In Flanders Fields the poppies blow, Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place..and in the sky the larks, still bravely sing, 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
The Tyrone American Legion will once again hold Poppy Days on Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12.
From the battlefields of World War I, weary soldiers brought home the memory of a barren landscape transformed by wild poppies, red as the blood that had soaked the soil. By that miracle of nature, the spirit of their lost comrades lived on.
The poppy became a symbol of the sacrifice of the lives in war, and represented the hope that none had died in vain. The American Legion Auxiliary Poppy has continued to bloom for the casualties of four wars, its petals of paper bound together for veterans by veterans, reminding America each year that the men and women who have served and died for their country deserve to be remembered.
Poppy Day has become a familiar tradition in almost every American community. This distribution of the bright red memorial flower to the public is one of the oldest and most widely recognized programs of the American Legion Auxiliary.
This poppy, as a memorial flower to the war dead, can be traced to a single individual, Miss Moina Michael. She was so moved by Col. McCrae’s poem that she wrote a response:
“…the blood of heroes never dies, But lends a luster to the red, Of the flower that blooms above the dead, In Flanders’ Fields.”