A Purple Nose Knows

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by John McCrae, May 1915

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.

Purple Nose
Lonnie was a big, tall, proud man who was blessed with a large purple nose. That nose, above his wide smile, was like a neon sign advertising his outstanding, happy, outgoing personality. He didn’t have an enemy in this world except those he was ordered to fight against on Flanders fields and other battlegrounds in Europe, during the First World War.

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He served his country proudly in the United States Army. He saw many friends die in battle, some survived to spend a lifetime suffering from lungs damaged by mustard gas. He spent his life as an active member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars organizations. Promoting, teaching and practicing patriotism was his life story, He was proud to be an American.

He liked a beer and took a drink in memory of his fallen comrades but his nose was not purple from alcohol abuse.


Opinions About Causes of Purple Nose

“There are also a lot of other opinions about what causes a purple nose. Many people believe that nose might turn purple as a simple result of constant vomiting, sneezing, smoking or alcohol abuse. The best way to treat such a condition is to visit your doctor to rule out any serious conditions.”
“That’s the story anyway, and when we see someone with this an enlarged red and cratered nose, we tend to pre-judge them as heavy drinkers. But the truth is that so called drinker’s nose is not caused by alcohol at all, and that people who have abstained for life can still fall prey to the condition that is more accurately known as Rosacea”.
‘So don’t judge that book by its cover! Too many Rosacea sufferers are unfairly labeled alcoholics, due to this popular misconception”


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