I love flowers and I think you would have known that by now if you’ve been a reader on this blog or if you’ve been following me on Instagram. 🙂 That said, one thing that I look forward to in the springtime is seeing the flowers on our city of Asheville’s highways. This area is located so close to where we live, about half-a-mile away, and they usually plant different flowers every year. So the excitement of what flower you’re going to see for the season is always there.
I shared about these roadside beauties in the past. One time they had sunflowers and zinnias planted and there was also a time that they planted lavenders. This year are these beautiful red poppies. But other than the beauty that they provide, they were also planted to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers of World War I.
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of World War I and planting these poppies is part of North Carolina’s project to commemorate the anniversary in collaboration with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
Such a beautiful tribute to commemorate the fallen of World War I, the heroes who served and gave their life in duty to their country at a more innocent time when the catchphrase “The war to end all wars” was used to describe the conflict which, in itself, actually held the seeds to the next great clash, World War II.
Honestly, I didn’t know that the red poppy is the official emblem of remembrance of the American Legion until recently when I saw the news about these highway blooms. Actually, it has been used as a symbol to commemorate war dead since World War I. What an amazing part of history!
What prompted the use of the red poppy was the poem In Flanders Field, written by a Canadian officer, John McCrae, after he witnessed the death of his friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, and noticed the poppies blooming around the mass graves of soldiers on the battlefields. Unfortunately, McCrae himself became one lying underneath the poppy blooms before the end of the war, never knowing the legacy his poem had created.
These beautiful red poppies can be seen in several counties across North Carolina. So if you ever head to the Tar Heel state and see these beauties on the highways, remember the meaningful reason why they’re there.