V.F.W. gives out red poppies in exchange for donations

V.F.W. gives out red poppies in exchange for donations

Jim Bethel, member of the Carr-Lancaster Post 10213 of Lincoln, hands out poppies at Dave's Market in Cumberland.

CUMBERLAND - Members of the Carr-Lancaster Post 10213 of Lincoln are at the Dave's Marketplace on Diamond Hill Road this Memorial Day weekend handing out red poppies in return for donations. The money raised will go toward the Lincoln Memorial Day Parade and to a home for veterans in Bristol, according to member and Korean War veteran Jim Bethel.

The red poppy, which was flowering on the fields of Belgium and France during World War I, has become an international symbol of remembrance.

It is believed that a Canadian soldier by the name of John McCrae composed the following famed poem after his friend died on the battlefields of Flanders, Belgium.

"In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below."