The poppy is the enduring symbol of remembrance of WWI, one of the deadliest conflicts with roughly 8.5 million soldiers dead. In Western Europe, some of the fiercest battles took place across the landscape. Through the horrific battlefield, red poppy flowers would continue to grow, inspiring a surgeon, John McCrae, to write the poem 'In Flanders Fields'. Poppies are symbols of sleep and even death, but poppies are also symbols of regeneration. In Christianity, the poppy symbolizes not only the blood of Christ, but his resurrection and ascent to Heaven.
As a sign of remembrance, the poppy flower is relevant to those who served in Afghanistan, or those who have fallen victim to the opioid epidemic. Opiate painkillers and heroin are both produced from poppies, and this very fact is the reason Flanders Fields uses the poppy flower as both a significant reminder of the blood shed in war, and the addiction and PTSD that follows.
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In a world that's so filled with negativity, it's refreshing to know there are real organizations like Flanders Fields representing a positive influence.
All the members of my group have helped me in so many ways. From job networking opportunities to true friendships, Flanders Fields is full of good hearted members.
From the first time I met the FF members, they made me feel like an equal. I was able to open up about my challenges because I was working with veterans like me.