"We Shall Keep the Faith" and the Remembrance Poppy
On 9 November 1918, inspired by John McCrae battlefront-theme poem In Flanders Fields, Moina Michael wrote a poem in response called We Shall Keep the Faith. In tribute to the opening lines of McCrae's poem -- "In Flanders fields the poppies blow / Between the crosses row on row," -- Michael vowed to always wear a red poppy as a symbol of remembrance for those who served in the war.
After the war was over, Michael returned to the University of Georgia and taught a class for disabled servicemen. Realizing the need to provide financial and occupational support for these servicemen, she pursued the idea of selling silk poppies as a means of raising funds to assist disabled veterans.
In 1921, her efforts resulted in the poppy being adopted as a symbol of remembrance for war veterans by the American Legion Auxiliary.
Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) became the first veterans’ organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their “Buddy” Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. In 1948, the US Post Office honored Ms. Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.
"We Shall Keep the Faith" penned by Moina Michael inspired by In Flanders Fields.
Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet - to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.
We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.
And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.
Happy Memorial Day
Wishing you and your family a peaceful Memorial Day as we pause to honor and remember those have fallen while serving our country. At McLean Mortgage Corporation we are committed to helping those who serve our country realize their dream of homeownership.
To demonstrate that commitment, McLean Mortgage Corporation does not charge lender fees to either the buyer or the seller on VA mortgages* closed through our company. It is just one more way that we can show our appreciation of those who have served our great Nation.
If you are a veteran or active military, or you know someone else who is looking to purchase or refinance their home, we stand ready to serve you and your referrals.
*On VA mortgages, McLean Mortgage Corporation does not charge standard underwriting, processing, funding and tax service fees for a savings of $739 to $1,049, depending upon the location. All other closing costs apply. Contact us for a preliminary estimate of closing costs.