Today is Veterans Day, a day to give thanks to all the military soldiers who have given their lives and their time to insure our safety and our freedoms. There were 21.9 million Veterans in 2009 according to the 2009 American Community survey. They are our brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, fathers and mothers, and even grandparents. They are your neighbors, old school mates, and friends you have met along the way. Take a moment today to thank a Vet. Shake their hand, and a moment to bow your head and give thanks to those vets that have lost their lives in order to protect yours. Thank you to all the Vets out there today and everyday.
Veterans Day is approaching, also known as Remembrance Day, Poppy Day, or Armistice Day. This holiday commemorates the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of the civilians in times of war. If you have a loved one who has lost someone who served in armed forces, honor the memory by gift of flowers. November 11th is a day to recall the end of World War I, which ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. The poppy’s significance to Veterans Day stems from a Canadian military physician John McCrae. John McCrae had written a poem “In Flanders Fields”.
The red poppy bloomed across some of the battlefields of Flanders in WWI; their color is an appropriate for all of the bloodshed. Moina Michael was an employee of YMCA Overseas and was inspired to make 25 silk poppies based on McCrae’s poem, which in turn she distributed them to her co-workers. Moina Michael is responsible for having the poppy adopted as the national symbol of Veterans Day, two years later the National American Legion Conference had also followed suit.
During this Conference, Anna E. Guerin introduced the poppies that are given out today. In 1921, Guerin had sent her constituents to London to distribute the poppy, which ended up being adopted by Field Marshall Douglas Haig a founder of the British Foreign Legion. Small amounts of people choose to wear white poppies to promote peace rather than reflect on the bloodshed that was lost. There is no set price on the poppies; it is strictly donation and a symbol of respect and honor of those who have served.
Show your respect and appreciation to the families that have been left behind by the loss of their brave military soldier. Send them a beautiful heartfelt flower arrangement expressing on your card your deepest gratitude.