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Memorial Day Poppies

Prospect, a very patriotic town lines its streets with American flags to display its respect and love for our country. On Memorial Day, Molly Nichols, a Prospect resident with permission of Mayor Robert J. Chatfield, placed about 300 handmade red poppies on the front lawn of Prospect’s Town Hall.  The poppies were made by volunteers and the 5th-grade students of Prospect Elementary School who participate in an annual, long-standing tradition of memorizing the poem by John McCrae, “In Flanders Field.”

We remember those who have fallen.

The tradition of poppies is from World War I.  Poppies grew everywhere on a battlefield in Belgium and it seemed to represent the bloodstained ground where soldiers had died.  These red and black flowers symbolize the memorial of deaths for those who had paid the ultimate price in combat. John McCrae’s poem speaks of this.

We remember those who have fallen.

The Prospect Public Library opened its doors for Nichols to set up a station for visitors to freely partake in this patriotic craft.   Throughout May 14- 22, this craft was set up as a community project and provided a bonding experience and brought attention to the true meaning of Memorial Day.  

We remember those who have fallen.

“Putting the poppies on the lawn that were created by Prospect residents is a beautiful symbol of a community working together to commemorate our fallen soldiers,” Nichols says.

We remember those who have fallen.

The annual Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 27, which started at 1:00 pm on the Town Green. The parade honored all service members for their dedication to our country and flag.

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