Andrew Amelinckx wrote the following on May 25, 2015 for Modern Farmer and I’d like to share it with you. He talks about a red weed which farmers in Europe aren’t fond of, but the reminder that the common poppy has provided since the early 1900’s lives on today. Take the time to be thankful for those men and women who sacrificed so we can live in freedom:
…Papaver rhoeas, also known as the common poppy, corn poppy and red weed, among other names, is considered a nuisance plant by European farmers and often grows in areas where the soil has been disturbed. In the warm spring months beginning in 1915, with World War I in full swing, across many of the shell-blasted, trench-strewn battlefields in Belgium, France, as well as in Turkey, poppy seeds (which can lie dormant for more than 80 years) began to germinate in the newly turned earth, and poppy flowers were soon dotting the war-ravaged landscape, including the frontlines where John McCrae, surgeon for the First Brigade of the Canadian Field Artillery, was stationed.
In May 1915, McCrae was tending the wounded in the trenches near Ypres, Belgium. He noticed the bright red poppies that had begun to bloom between the many simple graves of soldiers, including near the spot where one of his best friends had recently been buried. The scene inspired him to write a poem, “In Flanders Fields, “…
As many of us make plans for relaxing and indulging during this holiday that marks the beginning of summer, I hope that we can also take a moment to reflect and appreciate all that we have because of those folks who gave their lives.
Be safe…be happy…be free.
-Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store Team