Poppies for Memorial Day

Memorial Day Poppies - Tucson Landscaper

Did you know that there is a custom of wearing red poppies on Memorial Day that was started in 1915.  It was inspired by Moina Michael’s poem “In Flanders Fields”:

We cherish too, best viagra  the Poppy red

That grows on fields where valor led,

It seems to signal to the skies

That blood of heroes never dies.”

Moina Michael was an American woman. She wrote this poem and then adopted the custom of wearing a red poppy in memory of the sacrifices of war and also as a symbol of keeping the faith.

Here is some interesting information about the poppy.  There are many kinds of poppies. Their petals are showy and may be of almost any color and some have markings. As blooming finishes, the petals often lie flat before falling away. The poppy becomes dormant after blooming. They bloom from late spring to early summer. And, some species secrete latex when injured.   It appears that poppies originated in the Mediterranean region.  Poppy oil is used for cooking, in salad dressings and in margarine.

Let us show our support of our troops and those who gave their lives for our country by wearing a red poppy today.


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11 Comments

  1. Very appropriate for today. Thanks of that poem and history lesson. I had no idea. Happy Memorial Day!

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    • Thanks Veronica. I hope you enjoy your day today.

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  2. I didn’t realize that poppies were used for memorial day in the USA. We wear them on November 11th our Remembrance day ( Canada ) All school children used to memorize this poem and most my age can quote it by heart.
    In Flanders Field the poppy grows
    Between the crosses row on row
    They mark our dead…

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    • Another reader mentioned that Canadians wear them on Remembrance day. Very interesting about the poem.

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  3. As a Canadian I don’t celebrate Memorial Day but I am familiar with it since I’m in a border city. I didn’t know however that poppies are worn on Memorial Day. We wear them for Remembrance Day.

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    • I’m sure wearing read poppies in both countries come from a similar place. Thanks for sharing Kathleen.

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  4. Too bad too many died for bad choices that was made by some presidents

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    • Yes, our service men and women have paid for political decisions.

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  5. I have always wondered where the “Red Poppy” origin came from, I ALWAYS purchase and ware my Poppy with great honor and I told my kids to do the same in honor of their Grandpa and Uncles. Glad to find out this info. Thanks for sharing this!!

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    • Glad to hear that you are doing this tradition Maria.

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  6. Din’t know it. Thanks for sharing such a good information!

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