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Cheshire’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10052 will offer poppies to the public at Everybody’s Market, 1021 South Main St., today and at Super Stop & Shop, 275 Highland Ave., on Saturday, May 18. There is no charge for the poppies, but donations will be gratefully accepted. The event is for the benefit of veterans and their families.
May, the month of Memorial Day, is the traditional time when the VFW offers the red flowers, handmade by disabled, needy, and aging veterans. The sale originated after World War I. The poppy was made famous by the poem, “In Flanders Fields,” by Canadian doctor Lt. Col. John McCrae, who wrote it in 1915 after the terrible battles of Ypres, Belgium.
The scarlet corn poppy, a sturdy flower that blossomed on the makeshift battlefield graves hastily dug during the war, became a universal symbol of remembrance. Veterans’ organizations adopted it in honor of the war dead. They quickly realized that the demand for poppies could benefit disabled soldiers and families left in need by the war. Thus, the poppies, worn on lapels, are sold by veterans and volunteers around the world. Poppies still blossom in the once-bloody fields of Flanders.