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What is the Meaning of Poppies?

The Remembrance Poppy

The Remembrance Poppy

The common field poppy has come to be a remembrance to us in commemorating military personnel who have passed away.

How?  They were inspired by the World War I poem “In Flanders Fields”. The poem was written by Canadian physician, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae and the opening lines refer to the first poppies that grow in the freshly churned earth of soldiers’ graves.

After World War 1 the poppy was adopted in parts of the British Empire by military veterans’ groups.

Today they are used in various countries like the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand where they commemorate servicemen and women who have died. Many people wear small artificial poppies on their clothing during the days leading up to Remembrance Day and poppy wreathes are laid at war memorials.

Anthem Lakes in Atlantic Beach, part of the Jacksonville Florida metro area, is a full-service, multi-tier, active senior living community. Newly constructed and opened in Spring 2017, Anthem Lakes offers 91 senior retirement units for independent living and assisted living and 28 units for those with memory care needs. The community sits on 14 acres with a lake and campus for outdoor activities and enjoyment and is near Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park. Anthem Lakes is the first location of a local and national partnership that seeks to provide unique options for senior living and state-of- the-art memory care. For more information, call 904-583- 5399 or visit the on-site leasing office at 905 Assisi Lane, Atlantic Beach, Florida 32233.


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