The Symbolism of Memorial Day

Converged communicators, particularly those who are taking or have recently completed DIG3286 (Assembling Digital Media), know that symbols are important. In many ways, images carry their own form of language, existing alongside the verbal messages of text. And we see this visual language at work, whether in television commercials, political campaigns, donation drives, and countless other applications. On Memorial Day, when Americans remember and honor those who gave their lives in military service, it’s worth taking some time to pause and consider the significance of the day. Memorial Day, after all, is more than just a three-day weekend.

Image credit: hobvias sudoneighm/Wikimedia commons

Image credit: hobvias sudoneighm/Wikimedia commons

Although many people are unaware of the symbolism of Memorial Day, the observance actually has a symbol of its own: The poppy. The poppy has been recognized as the holiday’s symbol by the American Legion since 1921, when it was regarded as a symbol of the sacrifice of soldiers in World War I. This significance was immortalized by the Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a doctor and soldier who wrote the famous poem “In Flanders Fields” in memory of those who died in the war. The poem depicts the resting place of these soldiers, among the poppy fields of Belgium (the site of many of the war’s bloodiest battles). He later died of severe pneumonia while serving in a hospital in 1918, near the war’s end. The poppy’s symbolism in connection to Memorial Day is very strong in some other countries, especially Great Britain and Canada.

Best wishes for all converged communicators for the Memorial Day weekend.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

The Campus Voice

The official student newspaper of Florida State College at Jacksonville

Fork, Spoon & Knife

Three Different Plates

Runners Rock

Run Longer, Run Faster, Train Harder...Challenge Yourself and Get Stronger!

~ AROUND HERE ~

A way of discovering excitement on Florida's First Coast

The River City Diet

Jacksonville's Hop on the Health Food Wagon

The Revamping Of Downtown Jacksonville

A Jacksonvillian talking about Downtown Jax.

watsjm2

A fine WordPress.com site

Traveling Hunger

An Exploration of Food Trucks

Follow the Felines.

a semi-newbie to the blogging world attempting to be a voice for the voiceless.

Sumaira Rajpoot

Love all, trust few, do wrong to none.

Jaxpitals

Informing Jacksonville, Florida of health related news.

Rachel Taylor

Oh the places we'll go

Shine04

904 Shines

Bellflower's Insight

Blogging for digital media

hbilings

digital media

Rose Francois

Creating to spark minds

Glenn! The Great Communicator...?

[ Insert Clever Title Here ]

RTLang

Assembling Digital Media Class Blog

Amy's Journey

The Road to Communication Excellance

Assembling Digital Media - Spring 2014

part of the FSCJ Converged Communication baccalaureate program

River City Communicator

Going step by step through the world of Converged Communications

The Daily Post

The Art and Craft of Blogging

The WordPress.com Blog

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.

%d bloggers like this: