Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2020, is a day to remember and honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. For many of us, Memorial Day also means the beginning of summer – a time for family picnics, backyard barbecues, take the family to the beach or go for a hike. The freedom to celebrate all our freedoms and liberties is made possible by the sacrifices of the men and women who have fought and died so we can live FREE. Let’s all take a moment to honor them
And thank them for their sacrifices.
The wearing of poppies in honor of America’s dead is a tradition on Memorial Day along with the recitation of the poem, Fields of Poppies.
In war-torn battlefields, the red field poppy was one of the first plants to grow. The practice of wearing poppies was inspired by the poem in Flanders Fields, written in 1915 by Canadian soldier John McCrae.
Every year in Marco Island the poem is read and though Marco Island is not celebrating Memorial Day – let’s all read parts of the poem together:
Row upon row the poppies grow,
Each one a symbol to brave men we will never know.
They stood before us, they stood up straight,
For they were the men, the brave and the great.
The seasons come and the seasons go,
But unlike these men, the poppies will always grow.
We should always wear our poppies with pride
In tribute to those that fought and died.
Charles Lamb of Marco Island would like to honor his name sake, Charles Lamb, Ensign, USN, WWII. For this Memorial Day honor friend, a neighbor, former classmate; a family member, a platoon mate and share something special about them.