From all of us here at SOFREP, to all those who wear the red poppy or raise a toast in remembrance of the fallen, let us take a moment to celebrate their lives and honor their sacrifices.
Memorial Day is held when flowers are in bloom — the red poppy is the most traditionally associated flower — reflecting the poppies that grew in Flanders Fields during the First World War (known at the time as The Great War). A Canadian Colonel, John McCrae, struck by the way red poppies bloomed in abundance upon battlefields that had earlier been broken up and decimated by shell bursts, wrote a poem that was originally known as “We Shall Not Sleep.” It is now more popularly known by the title “In Flanders Fields” and still speaks beautifully to the occasion today:
Let us drink a toast, or several, to those who sacrificed all, those who are standing watch as we speak, and to those who will someday answer the call to defend and preserve our right of freedom and liberty. Cheers to all our Brothers and Sisters in Arms.