If you are visiting the park this weekend and would like to place a flag at your loved ones grave, complimentary flags are available. Donations for flags can be made to support Rutland Troop 306 of the Boy Scouts. They will be at the park again this year, helping out visitors.
Veteran Flag Holders can be purchased for $35 at the office. If you have previously purchased a Flag Holder which we have kept stored for you, please go to the barn next to the office, where we have them laid out for you. ... See MoreSee Less
The poppy, as a memorial flower to the war dead, can be traced to a single individual, Moina Michael. She was so moved by Lt. Col. McCrae's poem, "In Flanders Fields," that she wrote a response:
. . . the blood of heroes never dies But lends a luster to the red Of the flower that blooms above the dead In Flanders' Fields.
On impulse, she bought a bouquet of poppies – all that New York City's Wanamaker's Department Store had – and handed them to businessmen meeting at the New York YMCA where she worked. She asked them to wear the poppy as a tribute to the fallen. That was November 1918. World War I was over, but America's sons would rest forever "in Flanders' Fields." Later she would spearhead a campaign that would result in the adoption of the poppy as the national symbol of sacrifice.
Connecting the visual image of the poppy with the sacrifice of service made by our veterans has been an important goal of the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Program since its inception in 1921. On Memorial Day and Veterans Day, millions of red crepe paper poppies—all handmade by veterans as part ...
How can we use remembrance as a call to action? This Memorial Day weekend, we can honor and remember those who have lost their lives in military service, but we can also be proactive within our communities throughout the year. At WCMP, we take this responsibility very seriously. It is our mission to ensure that we not only commemorate those who have sacrificed their lives, but also provide ongoing support to their loved ones.