Mom asked me why the veterans sell Poppies for Memorial day.
I really didn’t have a definite answer for her so I told her I would
look it up and tell her tomorrow.
Here we see a lot of the Orange poppies. The poppies that they
sell are red with a black center.
So here is why they use them… Taken from the link below
|We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. Later a Madam Guerin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Ms.Michael and when she returned to France, made artificial red poppies to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women. This tradition spread to other countries. In 1921, the Franco-American Children’s League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium. The League disbanded a year later and Madam Guerin approached the VFW for help. Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans’ organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their "Buddy" Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. In 1948 the US Post Office honored Ms Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it."
I sure didn’t know all that, as old as I am, and I should have. I buy the poppies all the time and never thought to ask exactly
why they are the symbol of Memorial day. So now you all know. Hope your day is a good one.
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