The tradition of wearing a poppy on your lapel Memorial Day to commemorate the brave soldiers who lost their lives at war is a tradition that goes back to World War I. It began with the publication of the poem In Flanders Field in 1915 by Lt. Col. John McCrae. The poem tells the tale of poppies growing where the dead soldiers body’s once lay after a battle in Flanders Field.
In honor of this tradition, I’ve designed a poppy made of felt that can be worn as a lapel pen or a brooch. Take some time this weekend and make one. It’ll only takes about 15 minutes and while your making it think of all the soldiers who gave their lives so we have the luxury to sit and do such things.
Print and cut out out petal template.
Add a small petal on top of the three petal base.
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.We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.