Monday, May 28, 2007

In Flanders Field

Shown above is a 1948 commemorative honoring Moina B. Michael, founder of the Memorial Poppy.

Beginning around 1915, during the First World War, red paper poppies were sold and worn on Memorial Day in order to raise money for the rehabilitation of soldiers wounded in combat and as a way to remember those who gave their lives for their country.

According to the Returned Services Association of New Zealand, the red poppy's (also known as the Flanders Poppy) dates back to the Napoleonic Wars because were the first plant to grow in the churned up soil of soldiers' graves in the area of Flanders, Belgium.

Since then they have served as a symbol of resurrection and remembrance.

For more on Moina B. Michael and the Memorial Poppy, click here.

For more on Memorial Day, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM