Clay Aiken – In Flanders Field

Veterans Day is an annual holiday meant to honor individuals who have served in the armed forces. Originally, Veterans Day was named Armistice Day to commemorate the armistice reached on Nov. 11, 1918, that ended World War I.

The most famous of all Veterans Day observances is held at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. The observance is held at 11 a.m., the same time of the signing of the armistice to end World War I. The service includes two minutes of silence, and the president placing a wreath at the tomb. All Americans nationwide are encouraged to display the flag and recognize U.S. veterans with proper ceremony. Emporia, Kansas, the home of Alvin J. King, is home to one of the more famous Veterans Day ceremonies. On Oct. 31, 2003, Emporia was recognized by Congress as the “Founding City of the Veterans Day Holiday.”

The unofficial but well-known flower of Veterans Day is the poppy. This first became the symbol to remember fallen soldiers after John McCrae wrote a poem called In Flanders Fields on May 3, 1915. McCrae was a Canadian doctor and Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian army. He wrote about how millions of poppy flowers grew in the Flanders field, where fallen troops had been buried.



In Flanders Fields

by Colonel John McCrae

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 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.

After this poem was published, veterans groups began to adopt it as a sign of remembrance and respect for those who died, and even those who served in World War I. Today, the flower has come to be a symbol of reverence for any person who served in the forces during any war. The poppy is often worn and distributed on Veterans Day.

While Veterans Day used to be a day for remembering fallen soldiers in past wars, it is now a day that is set aside for reflection, honor and remembrance for those soldiers who served and died, soldiers who served and lived, and those who are still serving today. Veterans Day activities take special care to give thanks to veterans that are still living.

What is Clay Aiken doing this Veterans Day? Where ever he is or what ever he is doing, I am sure he will acknowledge the importance of the day and begin to teach his young son about patriotism.

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8 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – In Flanders Field

  1. Special thanks to all the the veterans for their sacrifice. Thank you for posting a beautiful poem and video.

  2. OMG! I was getting a little worried about you Martha! I had to run out the door this morning without my “fix”! Now i have to wait till i get home to read it!! Well worth it though!

  3. Yes, a special thanks to all veterans and beautiful video of Clay singing, he did such a great job.
    Thanks Musicfan

  4. God bless all of our brave veterans and especially the one's who gave their life for our freedom!
    Thank you Musicfan for this special and meaningful writing! Thanks to Clay for his patriotism and
    his reverence when singing these songs. <3

  5. averry special thanks to all the v etrans who have sacrafised there lives for our fredum and i also thank my father who served n the corean war and i clay that you wil teach your son all about vetrans day

  6. What a beautiful tribute to all Veterans. The poppies were so pretty. I never knew all those details about Flanders Field. I love Clay singing God Bless the USA, Wouldnt it be great if we ask President Obama to have Clay sing at the inaugeration?Clay is a neverending fountain of goodness.

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