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The Poppy – Memorial Day 2012

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Published on May 23, 2012 with No Comments

In 1915, inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” Moina Michael replied with her own poem:

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That blood of heroes never dies.

Michael 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 coworkers 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 Michael.  When Guerin returned to France, she 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 Guerin approached the Veterans of Foreign Wars (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 U.S. Post Office honored Michael for her role in founding the national poppy movement by issuing a red 3-cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.

Observance of Memorial Day

Traditional observance of Memorial Day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades.

Visit a Veteran’s Cemetery – If there is a veteran cemetery near you, take the family there and place small American flags or red, white and blue flowers on the graves of soldiers.

This is a great way to remember the reason why we celebrate Memorial Day and recognize those who gave their lives for our freedom.

Fly the American Flag – It is traditional to fly the American flag at half-mast until noon on Memorial Day. This is traditional and, after noon you can raise the flag to full mast. It turns out that their application infrastructure allow those applications access to your personal information independent of over at this company your privacy settings

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