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May 2022

In Flanders Fields
By John McCrae


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, 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.


May 30, 1868: First Official Memorial Day Observance

Visit the Fold3 blog to learn about the first Memorial Day. Then, find your military ancestors on Fold3 and memorialize them by creating or expanding a page for them on the Honor Wall.

Honoring Those Who Served: K-State Expert Looks at History, Importance of Memorial Day

Don Mrozek, professor of history at Kansas State University, looks at Memorial Day traditions and how they've evolved over the decades.

"In Flanders Fields"

Inspired by the World War I poem In Flanders Fields, the red poppy became a popular symbol of the sacrifice of our veterans.

How Memorial Day Went From Somber Occasion to Summer Celebration

For as long as Memorial Day in the United States has been the widely acknowledged unofficial start of the summer season, Americans have been complaining that the holiday isn't celebrated the way it's supposed to be to be.

Star-Spangled Crafts

Create your own Memorial Day Poppy - learn about the flower's symbolism and the remember the true meaning of Memorial Day.


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