On Memorial Day in America, we remember and honor those in the armed services who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Poppies are often given out on Memorial Day as a symbol of those fallen men and women. This tradition comes from the first lines of the poem “In Flanders Fields” by Lieutenant Colonel John McRae, who wrote it during World War I and was remembering his fallen friends now buried in fields far from home.

High School Writing Prompt -- Why do people give out poppies on Memorial Day? Read about it here and then ponder what else would be a fitting item to give to people as a reminder of our fallen servicemen and womenHere’s the first stanza:

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.

You can tell that the speaker is already dead because he refers to the crosses that mark his place; in other words, a cemetery.

Now it’s your turn: If you were to choose something to distribute on Memorial Day other than a poppy to remember our fallen servicemen and women, what would you choose? Explain.

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