May 6, 2015 • by Glen Ivy Contributor
I think it important to remember the intention of Memorial Day and reflect on all we have to be thankful for at Glen Ivy, in our own lives and as part of the larger world community.
Glen Ivy had been operating for six years when Decoration Day was first commemorated in 1868 to honor the Union Army soldiers killed in the Civil War. After World War I the day was expanded to include remembrances for the fallen of all wars and military actions.
In 1919, during World War I a poem was written commemorating the soldiers who died and were buried in Flander’s Field in Belgium. The red poppy which grew wild in the fields became a symbol of remembrance for those soldiers.
Glen Ivy annually supports troops serving in different locations. This year we will invite our guests to join us in supporting our troops by purchasing Red Poppy Cookies made for us by Angel Wings Bakery with 100% of their profits going directly to sustaining services that help break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. For every cookie purchased we will donate a Taking the Waters Admission pass to the Camp Pendleton Officers Spouses Club. It is not only important to support our soldiers but the families of our deployed troops. We will also be writing cards to a soldiers which will be part of a care package we are putting together for a special designated troop.
Thank you for your support.
All my best,
Jim Root, CEO/President
In Flanders Fields
By: Lt. Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
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.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and where 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 Flounders fields.