CRESTVIEW — Veterans and civilian residents will pause to remember America's war dead Monday morning at ceremonies at Liveoak Park Memorial Cemetery and American Legion Post 75.
In preparation, and to commemorate their comrades lost in battle or missing in action, Post 75 members erected their annual Flanders Field of poppies, flags and crosses Saturday.
The memorial recalls the World War I poem of Dr. John McCrae, who wrote of red poppies that grew over his fallen comrades’ graves.
"In Flanders fields the poppies blow/ Between the crosses, row on row," the first lines read.
The city's commemorative events — free and open to the public — include a lunch provided by the American Legion following the Flanders Field dedication.
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Memorial Day May 27 observances in Crestview include the Disabled American Veterans Ladies Auxiliary ceremony, 10 a.m. at Liveoak Park Memorial Cemetery, 112 E. North Ave.; and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Flanders Field dedication afterward at Post 75, 898 E. James Lee Blvd., followed by lunch.
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