"In Flanders Fields" was written during World War I by Canadian physician and Lt. Col. John McCrae. He was inspired to write it on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier Alexis Helmer, who died in the Second Battle of Ypres.
Moina Michaels - “The Poppy Lady” - vowed to always wear a poppy as a remembrance symbol. She began a campaign to make the poppy a symbol of remembrance. Finally in 1920 the Memorial Poppy was adopted as the United States’ national emblem of remembrance.
After reading this story and "In Flanders Field,” I was so moved that I wrote a poem and then started to make hand-crocheted poppies and give them to veterans and active-duty servicemembers that we meet.
I wish with all of my heart that I could make a poppy for each and every veteran and active military serviceperson. However, I would like to share my poem with all of you who have given, and continue to give so much for so many. Thank you.
You Are Remembered
by Aloma Graham, 2013
The torch was passed from Flanders Field
Where poppies bloom and grow
In taking it you kept the faith
Of those who lie below
For the privileged freedom that I live in
Forever grateful I will be
To those of you who took that torch
And held it high for all to see
Freedom demands a mighty cost
That you willingly redeem
You took up the torch from failing hands
And you kept its light agleam
From those who sleep in Flanders Field
To you I honor now this day
You are remembered for your part
So in freedom I live and work and pray