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Poppy Artisan Necklace by Honey from the Bee

One of the annual traditions of Memorial Day which I've found touching is the selling of red paper poppies by the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars.)  As a child I just loved wearing the poppy proudly along with everyone else at the annual Memorial Day Parade, but as an adult I tear up every time I buy mine from a veteran outside the grocery store.  I also remember memorizing the poem Flanders Fields and reciting it solemnly with my whole class on the Friday before Memorial Day.  (If you're wondering when and where the tradition of the red poppy started check out this link from our Veteran's Affairs website.)

Carnelian and Rain Forest Jasper Necklace by Honey from the Bee

I've got these two amazing lampwork beads from Diane Sepanski of the GlassJunkie on Etsy.  They both feature poppies.  I had so many ideas for them after I purchased them last year that they languished in their cubby until I thought of them this month as an inspiration for Remembrance Necklaces.  The first one is photographed in this post (SOLD), but the other one will be more involved and take me more time to complete.  I hope to finish it before this Memorial Day!

Poppy Lampwork Necklace by Honey from the Bee
I hope you'll keep this tradition alive and buy a red poppy from a member of the VFW when you see them in your town next week.  The terrible sacrifices of our soldiers and their families is what Memorial Day is all about.
In Flanders Fields by 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.


What a lovely, sad poem.

What a lovely, sad poem. Those beads are so pretty, I'm glad you found their purpose. :)

Poppies for Remembrance | Honey from the Bee Artisan Jewelry

I like this website. it is extremely useful.
Thanks for sharing.

Beautiful beads. I haven't

Beautiful beads. I haven't seen anyone selling poppies on Memorial Day for several years, I hope the tradition doesn't disappear as other traditions have done. I used to put one on each rearview car mirror, and replace them the following year.

We always buy paper poppies

We always buy paper poppies from the VFW on Memorial Day...put them around the rear view mirror in the car. Your lovely necklace is another great way of honoring the memories of all the fallen heros.

A great reminder and tribute

A great reminder and tribute to our soldiers.

This is a beautiful

This is a beautiful sentiment, thanks for sharing.

Beautiful necklace, and a

Beautiful necklace, and a lovely tribute to those who have fallen in battle.

I love it! That poppy bead is

I love it! That poppy bead is soo awesome! Lovely post Janet.

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