Friday, May 22, 2009

Memorial Day CFH Bloghop

Today is the start of the big Cards for Heroes Bloghop! If you haven't been there yet, please visit the CFH website at http://cardsforheroes.org/bloghop to start your hop (everything starts at noon, PT)!

Sandy has done wonders with the site and there are so many fabulous volunteers working hard to create cards and make sure they get out to our heroes overseas so they can write home to their friends and family. Every time I see the pictures of the heartfelt cards people make it makes me feel so good. You can send one card or a hundred—each card it accepted with appreciation and love.

My card features a beautiful red poppy to observe Memorial Day and the sacrifices that were made for our country.

Card details: Cardstock from Papertrey Ink and Bazzil; patterned paper from me & my BIG ideas; stamps from Stampin' Up!; markers from Copic; Punch from EK-Success. In the background is my grandfather's flag; Alfred H. Bentley served in the Army in WWII and retired as a Master Sergeant.

Once you are done here please hop over to Vicki's site where you are in for a special treat. Her cards are so cute and cheerful I know she will have something wonderful cooked up for us today! Whoever gets her cards are very lucky!

(Scroll down to read more about why poppies are a symbol of this day. )



Thanks to my coworker Captain Troy H. for forwarding the text and story below.

The Poppy Story
From the battlefields of World War I, weary soldiers brought home the memory of a barren landscape transformed by wild poppies, red as the blood that had soaked the soil. By that miracle of nature, the spirit of their lost comrades lived on.

The poppy became a symbol of the sacrifice of lives in war, and represented the hope that none had died in vain. The American Legion Auxiliary Poppy has continued to bloom for the casualties of four wars, its petals of paper bound together for veterans by veterans, reminding America each year that the men and women who have served and died for their country deserve to be remembered.

Poppy Day has become a familiar tradition in almost every American community. This distribution of the bright red memorial flower to the public is one of the oldest and most widely recognized programs of the American Legion Auxiliary.

This poppy, as a memorial flower to the war dead, can be traced to a single individual, Miss Moina Michael. She was so moved by Col. McCrae's poem 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.

157 comments:

Dawn said...

This card is stunning my friend. Love it!

lauren said...

Wonderful card and thanks for sharing about the poppies... I actually didn't know about that!

Merry's Musings said...

Perfect! Beautiful card, wonderful post. Thanks so much for the information!

Sue McGettigan said...

Beautiful card Lianne, and a wonderful post - I love Eric Bogle's song 'In Flanders Fields'.

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

WOW!! Now this is just gorgeous!! Love your mixes of papers and that flower makes a stunning statement!! TFS! ;)

Angi said...

Awesome card and TFS about the poppies, I have been in the military for 19 years and have never heard that story!

Tammy said...

What a gorgeous card!! I love the story about the poppies!

Tami B. said...

Such a gorgeous card and a beautiful story about the poppies. So happy I stopped by today.

Karen said...

Wonderful card and wonderful post! TFS! {{cheers}}

AzKisses73 said...

Beautiful Card.. Thanks for inspiration. Have a Safe and Happy Memorial Weekend ♥

Sarah said...

Wow!! BEAUTIFUL!

Nancy Maxwell James said...

I love your beautiful card and thank you for sharing the poppy story! :) Thank you for supporting our troops and have a wonderful Memorial Weekend!

JPScraps said...

Beautiful card and thanks for the info on the poppies.

Windy Robinson said...

lovely card-- the colors are gorgeous! thanks for sharing!

Dawn said...

I know I was here already, but wanted to say

what's up tiki butt!!!!

lol

kasmello said...

Your card is beautiful. thank you for the "poppy" story, very moving for this weekend!

amycatalogna said...

I love the card - how great! I am a blogger on the hop as well and I just wanted to say "HI"!

Dana said...

Very, very nice!

kristina proffitt said...

Beautiful card!

{VICKI} said...

enjoying the hop

Sandy said...

Beautiful! Love the layers (yeah, you know me and layers!) and the rounding of selected corners....NICE! Thanks Lianna!!! Glad you made it :)

KelliStamps4U said...

Your card is beautiful. I just love the Flander's Field poem. I carry a poppy with me always to remember our men and women who have served and sacraficed for us. Thank you for sharing your story!!

Loni said...

very nice, thanks for supporting Cards for Heroes.

Lisa Renéa said...

As always your card is gorgeous! Love your coloring!

Jennifer said...

Awesome card! Hope you have a great weekend!

Fabre said...

hey Lianna! Thanks for sharing that beautiful story about the poppies - I have never heard it before. Your card is so lovely, it will truly grace one of our heroes. Thanks for all your support of CFH and our heroes - and for joining the hop today!

Phinny said...

Ooooh - lovely. (And love the name of your blog, too!)

This is so much fun! So happy to be doing the blog hop for such a good cause with such a great, generous group of talented peeps! *smile*

Yvette said...

Beautiful card! TFS!

Lynn said...

I love your cards. Thanks so much for supporting this event. I am the proud Mother of a US soldier!
Thank you for supporting our troops.

Heather said...

Thank you so much for sharing the story of the poppies-- I had never heard it before. The only thing I know about poppies is they are our state flower-- but this meaning is so much deeper. Thanks again for the beautiful inspiration!

Martha said...

The Flanders Field poem always fills me with such sadness. It is good not to forget.

Thank you for participating in the CFH blog hop!

Nancy said...

Thanks for sharing the poem and your card is just lovely!

Lisa said...

Beautiful card!

Bekah's World said...

As a military wife, please let me say thank you for what you are doing. It's so good to know that there are others thinking of our loved one's when they're in harms way. What a wonderful way of showing your appreciation!

Wendy said...

This is such an exciting event!

Purple Princess said...

Gorgeous card! Thank you so much for your wonderful blog post!

christy sheffield said...

Beautiful poppy - thanks for sharing the story of why the poppy is sentimental. Love the card!

Carole RB said...

Your card is so beautiful Lianna

Rebecca said...

I love your coloring of the stamp. That is one of my favorite floral stamps, and love seeing it in bright red. Thank you for sharing your story.

mica said...

Your card is soooo pretty! I am enjoying this hop :)

Daintry said...

Love it and thanks for sharing the story of the poppy! Great card, and great organization!

TLHarwick said...

beautiful card and lovely story behind the poppy! Thanks for your support of CFH! As the spouse of a deployed solider I can say with certainity that these cards will be appreciated!

Kay said...

That is a beautiful card and a wonderful post. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity and your heart!

Pam said...

Great card and very inspirational post!

Nancyljk said...

Absolutely gorgeous card...thanks for sharing the story of the poppies!
Proud Marine Mom

Suz said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for the story of the poppy & for supporting CFH

Atticelf said...

I hadn't heard of Poppy Day before. TFS the story.

Gail's Card Cafe' said...

great card!

Ruby Craft said...

Beautiful card. The colors are so vibrant and the story about Miss Moina Michael is inspiring. It is amazing to hear that one person can have such a big impact on the world. What a simple and moving way to honor are those who gave so much for our freedom.

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PC said...

i just posted on fb about the poppies. we used to get them for my grandfather (wwI vet) and he would wear them on his beret. sadly we don't have any vfw's with poppies around here and i am missing them.

Renee said...

Great card...love the poppy story.

Whispers and Wishes said...

Thanks for sharing your story and your card and more detail on the Poppy.

Maggie said...

Your card is very nice. I am learning today the meaning behind the poppy. I remember all the years that we got them from vets but never knew the meaning.

Cr8ive ME said...

what a stunning card.

and what a great cause for a blog hop.

M.E.

Dana said...

wow, what a card!

Lisa said...

Such a beautiful card and your post was so moving and eloquent. So many people don't know the poppy story. I always try to buy as many as I can when they're being sold on Memorial Day weekend, but it's so important to remember...why.

Warm wishes to you and your family this Memorial Day weekend.

Chris said...

Stunning card Lianna. Great work.

leenda said...

GORGEOUS!

ML Design Works said...

Excellent! And thank you for sharing the poem and meaning of the poppies--wonderful idea. Thank you for participating!

paula said...

Beautiful card and thanks for sharing the story!

Lost in Paper said...

stunning card!! that poppie is just gorgeous!! tfs..

Doris said...

I had forgotten that poem about Flander's Fields. Thank you for reminding us of it. And obviously your inspiration for your wonderful poppy card.

AxeS DeSignS said...

I love your card.. thanks for support CFH

PaulaM said...

Beautiful Card - and wonderful story. I did not know that about the poppy - so I have learned something today from your site. TFS

NanaBeth said...

I had to stop last night when I got to another blog with the same poem. To see the acres and acres of white crosses is a heart wrenching experience. May you be blessed always for remembering and supporting the troops.

Shirley said...

Beautiful! Thank you for supporting our troops.

About : sbartist said...

Happy Memorial Day! All of your cards are beautiful and thank you for your creativity and dedication to this great cause. TFS the white ink stamp testing results : ) Sb

aimee said...

Gorgeous, that poppy is so pretty!

nsmerkt said...

Pretty flower and layers. TFS and Happy Memorial Day...must finish hopping before it's too late. ;)

Victoria S. said...

Very nice poppy card! Thanks for supporting our troops. THanks for the story about the poppies- i had not known that before.

LadyDoc said...

Beautiful card and a wonderful telling of the poppy story!

Day three and I am still hopping! I want to see, and comment on, every single participating blog in this wonderful effort!

LETUMom said...

Gorgeous card, great story. Thanks for sharing with CFH!

SuzAnn said...

Beautiful card and thanks for the additional information about the poem and history of the poppy!

sideoats + scribbles said...

Great card! :)

Lisa C said...

gorgeous card, lianne! and such a beautiful post. :) happy memorial day!

Regina said...

beautiful card!!

slightlyimperfect said...

Your card is so pretty. Glad I stopped by. I didn't know the history of the poppy in this context before. TFS! Happy Memorial Day.

Kerri said...

Your card is absolutely gorgeous! And, thanks for sharing the story of the poppy with us!!!

The Wired Angel said...

Lovely card.. thanks for participating and helping to spread the word about CFH and for sharing your creativity.

Grace said...

Stunning card and thanks for sharing the history of the poppy and why it is given out on memorial day.

...Darlene said...

Thank you for sharing the background on such a beautiful flower, and making a beautiful card.

jaemom said...

gorgeous card. TFS the story behind the poppy, so powerful. Glad to hop through and be a fellow participant!

Sharon said...

very nice cards your special to

Patti said...

The card is precious. It brings out good feelings, and remembrance.

I enjoyed reading the poppy story too.

Patti said...

The card is precious. It brings out good feelings, and remembrance.

I enjoyed reading the poppy story too.

Lyneen said...

THANKS for sharing the story of the poppy.... I had to recite it with my 5th grade class for Memorial Day.

Great card... also thanks for sharing the story of your family and supporting our armed forces.... Bless our troops this special day.

Jean from jlfstudio said...

You caught the reflection on the Poppy perfectly in your card. thanks for sharing - Jean

Lucy, England said...

Such a pretty card - poppies are certainly meaningful to me.

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Anne said...

Hi, Lianne! I love the beautiful card you made for Cards for Heroes. I especially like the pops of blue. And thank you for the story of Flanders Field and the poppies, too.

By the way, I've nominated you for a Lemonade Stand Award over on my blog! Hope you'll pop on over and pick it up! :-)

Anne said...

Hi again, Lianne! I've nominated you for The Circle of Friends Blog Award as part of my first blogoversary celebration. I appreciate your frequent visits and comments! It means so much! :-)

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