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    1. [DEVOE] Remembering Our Veterans!
    2. Nena Smothers
    3. Wishing all a great Memorial Weekend! A quiet time to remember our Fallen Ancestors and if you think you have none near you to honour, check the numbers below and bet you can find a cemetery close that will certainly have not just one Veteran you can honour but likely many more. Just look for the flags. Don't forget a Red Poppy! Red poppies are a symbol of consolation. Since World War I, poppies have been a symbol of remembrance at Memorial Day (May 31). The red poppy was used to symbolize the blood of those who died in service to their countries. The idea started in 1918 when American Moina Michael read the poem “In Flanders Fields,” written by Canadian John McCrae in 1915 during World War I. She began wearing poppies and selling them to others, using the proceeds to help veterans. After World War I, veterans sold artificial red poppies to help raise money for French and Belgian war orphans. Today, donations to veterans’ groups are often marked with a token paper red poppy. In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row. –Lt. Colonel John McCrae (1872–1918) CONFLICT SPAN TOTALS War of Independence (1775-1783) 25,000 Quasi-War (1798-1800) 20 Barbary Wars (1801-1815) 35 War of 1812 (1812-1815) 20,000 1st Seminole War (1817-1818) 30 2nd Seminole War (1835-1842) 1,500 Mexican-American War (1846-1848) 13,283 3rd Seminole War (1855-1858) 26 Civil War (1861-1865) 623,026 Indian Wars (1865-1898) 919 Spanish-American War (1898) 2,446 Philippine War (1898-1902) 4,196 Boxer Rebellion (1900-1901) 37 Mexican Revolution (1914-1919) 35 Haiti Occupation (1915-1934) 146 World War 1 (1917-1918) 116,708 World War 2 (1941-1945) 407,316 Korean War (1950-1953) 36,914 Vietnam War (1964-1973) 58,169 El Salvador (1980-1992) 20 Beirut (1982-1984) 266 Persian Gulf Support (1987-1988) 39 Invasion of Grenada (1983) 19 Invasion of Panama (1989) 40 Gulf War (1991) 269 Somalia (1992-1993) 43 Bosnia 1995 12 Afghanistan (2002-2008) 482 Iraqi (2003-2008) 3,975 ~To prolong a poppy’s life as a cut flower, plunge the stem in hot water after cutting. ~ Cudos to all Veterans in All the Military's Nena Smothers NE Wa-A proud desc of many military grandfather's inc My own father and several sons List Admin

    05/28/2010 06:11:16