Saturday, May 20, 2017

What is National Poppy Day?

Image result for images of poppiesNational Poppy Day

May 26, 2017


After World War I, the poppy flourished in Europe. Scientists attributed the growth to soils in France and Belgium becoming enriched with lime from the rubble left by the war. From the dirt and mud grew a beautiful red poppy. The red poppy came to symbolize the blood shed during battle following the publication of the wartime poem “In Flanders Fields.” The poem was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, M.D. while serving on the front lines.
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.

On September 27, 1920, the poppy became the official flower of The American Legion family to memorialize the soldiers who fought and died during the war. In 1924, the distribution of poppies became a national program of The American Legion.  

Poppy Day is celebrated in countries around the world. This year, The American Legion has brought National Poppy Day™ to the United States by asking Congress to designate the Friday before Memorial Day, as National Poppy Day.
On May 26, wear a red poppy to remember the fallen and support the living who have worn our nation’s uniform. 

Click this link to visit the page for this information and to download a National Poppy Day Poster

 Here's the poppy pins I made to share for 
National Poppy Day

I shared this so that as Memorial Day approaches, you will remember what Memorial Day is really about.


Roxanne watercolorsnmore said...

Very interesting, thanks for sharing.

Christie Cottage said...

Roxanne: Thanks for taking the time to comment!

I have been wearing my giant poppy pin all week on my sweater.


Cathy Morgan said...

Oh my gosh, what a great poem. Thank you for sharing and the reminder of why we celebrate Memorial Day.

Cathy Morgan said...

If this is a repeat I'm sorry. I clicked publish but it didn't come up.

Oh my gosh, what a great poem. Thank you for sharing and the reminder of why we celebrate Memorial Day.

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