As we celebrate Veterans Day in November and Memorial Day in May, many Americans often wear a poppy to honor our military servicemembers. Here are a few facts you may not have know about the small red flower.
… the blood of heroes never dies
But lends a luster to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Field
Michael later started a campaign to adopt the poppy as the national symbol of sacrifice. Read more here about Moina Michael and the war poem that inspired her.
Note: Information provided by a thirty-year ALA member who has promoted the Flanders Fields Red Poppy for the same length of time and continually shares the story of its origin.
In the spirit of Service, Not Self, the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad. For God and Country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security.