My childhood memories of Memorial Day are getting up early in the morning and watching my Mom go to the garden and cut peonies and poppies that were in bloom. She would cover an empty coffee can in "tin" foil, fill it with water and carefully arrange the fresh cut flowers. The flowers HAD to be peonies and poppies. We would get in the car and drive to the cemetery and leave the flowers on the graves of departed family members. We would return home and spend the afternoon listening to the the Indy 500 on the radio. Paper poppies would also appear on the dining room table. My Father would bring them home....he was a WWII Vet. I never quite understood as a child why, but the paper poppies would remain in a small vase on the hutch until they were replaced with new ones the next year. It's funny how these early memories stick with you well until adulthood.
As I was thinking about what I was going to do for this very special blog hop, this memory came to mind. I began to do a little research and discovered that the poppy has been a symbol of Memorial Day for many many years. In 1915, during a lull in the battle, John McCrae a medic for the Allies in WWI penned a poem about the poppies he saw in Flanders Field. The poem was published. Around 1918, Moina Michael, an American Woman read the poem and began to wear a red poppy as a remembrance of those who sacrificed and as a symbol of keeping the faith. Shortly there after, a French Woman, Madam Guerin. while visiting the US, learned of the new custom and took it back to France. She began to sell paper poppies to raise money for those rendered homeless after WWI. Selling paper poppies spread to Canada and then to America. Today, the custom of buying a paper poppy on Memorial Day remains and donations have raised countless dollars towards Veteran's Programs.
This is my "Paper Poppy." The card is made with Close To My Heart products. The "poppy" was stamped twice, watercolored, cut out and glued together for the 3D effect. The center is a button that I painted with a mixture Pearl Paint and Outdoor Denim re-inker.
I am offering some great CTMH blog candy for anyone who leaves a comment. Share a childhood memory of Memorial Day and you'll receive 2 entries. A winner will be randomly selected on Tuesday June 1st.
As a child I never fully understood the significant of Memorial Day. Now I have a greater appreciation...For all who have sacrificed and those who are currently giving of themselves so that we may be free, we shall be ever indebted.
It's time to get busy and make those cards. All the details on how you can donate to Operation Write Home can be found on the link I provided at the start of this post. Thanks for visiting and enjoy the Blog Hop....it's time to head on to Karen's blog. For Now, Happy Crafting!