Poppy Day

On Monday I met with the Veterans Consortium for Pro Bono Program in DC, and gained a whole new appreciation for the various veterans organizations that they support. So today, on Veteran’s Day, I thought I’d remind you of the the Buddy Poppy.

Since 1924, these poppies have been assembled by disabled and needy veterans in VA hospitals to help maintain state and national rehabilitation and service programs for veterans. In the states, the wearing of poppies is traditionally done on Memorial Day, not on Veterans Day as it is in Britain. So you still have plenty of time to stock up before Memorial Day next spring at the VFW website, or from street vendors leading up to the holiday.

According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the poppy originates in the poem In Flanders Fields, written in 1915 by John McCrae.

by John McCrae

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.

The photo that inspired the Iwo Jima memorial, in honor of my grandfather who was a medic there, and my grandmother, who was working and taking care of my Aunt Nancy back in Philadelphia at the time.


About Meg Davis Hely

I'm a New Jersey native who finds herself living in New England with a soft spot for presents, pretty things, and businesses that do good.
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