What's Up With the Poppy?

Curious minds have been wondering...

"What’s the deal with Rangers and Rockers putting flowers on everything?”


Besides their beauty, the flower holds meaning to us as warriors, dreamers, and believers.

The Fallen.   

In Flanders Fields ~ John McCrae


In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.


We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.


Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.



Opium is the number one export from Afghanistan.  In addition to funding fighting, it enslaves entire valleys—financially and chemically.  With no production or export opportunities, these remote areas of the world have no other choice but to farm opium. When we started this mission, we thought it symbolic to put the poppy on everything.  We even packed the first 2000 pair in burlap opium sacks.  This is an opportunity to get hooked on something else.

Photo Respect: Jed Conklin



 The flower represents one symbol of fortune.   It grows in dirt, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower’s first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment. 

Photo: Drew Brown/Stars and Stripes





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