National Poppy Day

I spent six years of my youth in England. On every Memorial Day, then always on May 30 which is my birthday, we went to an American military cemetery.


I don’t recall anything about what the Americans said, but I still remember that the British speakers were mostly saying thank you. To America, Americans, all those who served, the wounded and families who lost loved ones. Then they spoke of the history of Decoration now Memorial Day, a day to remember those who died in the service of the United States and laying flowers on their graves.


A British officer would then thank and salute the fallen and briefly, it would be very quiet. Then we would hear a low rumble, getting louder and louder and soon Lancasters would roar by and blanket the graves with poppies.


Whether because of a proliferation of recognition or lower standards, many things don’t mean as much to us as they used to and Memorial Day has become just another holiday weekend. But The American Legion has given us an opportunity to remember the men and women who gave their lives for our country with National Poppy Day.


Honor our veterans, wear a poppy, support The American Legion.


And to those who also put flags or flowers on veterans’ graves, to those who sell and those who buy and wear poppies, thank you.