Tracing the Red Poppy: The Story of a Memorial Day Icon

Poppy

In 1915, a popular wartime poem sparked the inspiration of an American professor and humanitarian named Moina Michael. “In Flanders Fields”, written by Canadian Lt. Col. John McCrae, described the red poppies that grew between the graves of fallen soldiers during the funeral of his good friend and fellow soldier Lt. Alex Helmer. The torch;

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