Still thanking the veterans and current troops.We have to remember that Veteran's Day started in WWI, nearly 100 years ago.
My memories of "Veterans' Day" are of
"Poppy Day" in England during and after WWII.
The Story Behind the Remembrance Poppy
Field poppies growing near Connaught British Military cemetery on the old Western Front battlefields.
This is the story of how the red field poppy came to be known as an internationally recognized symbol of Remembrance.
From its association with poppies flowering in the spring of 1915 on the battlefields of Belgium, France and Gallipoli this vivid red flower has become synonymous with great loss of life in war.
Yet the scope of the poppy and its connection with the memory of those who have died in war has been expanded to help the living too. It was the inspiration and dedication of two women who promoted this same “Memorial Flower” as the means by which funds could be raised to support those in need of help, most especially servicemen and civilians suffering from physical and mental hardship as a result of war."
A lot more about WWI: http://www.greatwar.co.uk/index.htm
“Do you remember that hour of din before the attack—
And the anger, the blind compassion that seized and shook you then
As you peered at the doomed and haggard faces of your men?
Do you remember the stretcher-cases lurching back
With dying eyes and lolling heads—those ashen-grey
Masks of the lads who once were keen and kind and gay?
Have you forgotten yet?… Look up, and swear by the green of the spring that you’ll never forget.”
I remember buying poppies to pin on ourselves when I was growing up in England.
The proceeds went to the Veterans. http://www.poppy.org.uk/
Poppy Field Poems: http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/remembrance/poems.htm#flan
Not much has been going on here in the last couple of days, as Ray has been busy elsewhere. But today Ray and I washed the roof of the cargo trailer. It was pretty grubby. We found out that the roof does still have a tiny leak, so we will have to seal it. So easy to see with all the insulation out of the way.