City Of Norwich Presents Poppy Day Proclamation

By: Zachary Meseck

City of Norwich presents Poppy Day proclamation

NORWICH – During Tuesday night’s City of Norwich Common Council meeting representatives of the Norwich American Legion accepted a proclamation from officials designating Friday as Norwich’s Poppy Day in remembrance of the sacrifices made by United States veterans.

The Common Council meeting began at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, in the Norwich City Court and Poppy Day was one of the topics included in the council’s discussion.

“On behalf of the City of Norwich, I am expressing support of May 24, 2019 as National Poppy Day in Norwich, and recognizing the importance of honoring those who have worn our nation’s uniform,” she said. “At the end of World War I, the American Legion adopted the poppy as a symbol of freedom and the blood sacrificed by troops in war times.”

She said the red poppy is a nationally recognized symbol of sacrifice worn by Americans since World War I to honor those who served and died for our county in all wars, and that the symbol stems from a poem named “Flanders Fields.”

“In Flanders Fields the poppies glow, between the crosses, row on row,” said Carnrike. “This is referring to the poppies that sprung up in the churned earth in the battlefield across Belgium and France – where soldiers died fighting.”

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