I shared this on Facebook late last night:
Everywhere we went yesterday and today people were wearing these beautiful red flowers. The poppies were on scarves, on lapels, on hats, everywhere! I finally asked a local what they stood for and he told me that today is Remembrance Day in Canada. It’s similar to our Veteran’s Day. Everywhere we walked, I was reminded to be thankful for those that have served for my freedom. We should have something like this in the states, eh??? You could purchase them at small boxes in almost any retailer or restaurant. All of the proceeds benefit charities. Yes. We need flowers too! 🌺
Thank you, brave men and women who have fought for us and our freedoms we all too often take for granted. I’ve enjoyed seeing so many beautiful posts today honoring some I never even knew were in the service. I’d love it if more days were honoring on social media vs bashing and complaining. Amen! 🇺🇸🇺🇸
#thankyouforserving #freedom #remember #USA
The comments from friends were beautiful! Some even shared how they remember their parents wearing poppy flowers many years ago.
Then, one of my cousins messaged me this bit of history:
your Post prompted me to Google it and this is what I found…….Poppies were worn for Armistice Day which has diminished in the US due to red, white & blue being worn and displayed for Veterans Day. Some “poppies” are laid and worn on Memorial Day in May in parts of the US. In Nov. 1918 a poem written by Canadian doctor, John McCrae, inspired American humanitarian Monia Michael to wear and distribute “poppies” in honour of fallen soldiers. In 1920 The American Legion adopted the “poppy” as their official symbol of rememberance. In France…orphans and widows sold “poppies” as a way to raise money. The Royal British Legion sells “poppies” to raise funds to assist retired and injured soldiers. I agree with you, Starr……why can’t the US return this tradition for both Memorial Day and Veterans Day (Armistice Day) selling “poppies” to raise FUNDS for our retired and injured military?!?!?!?!?! Wouldn’t this be WONDERFUL?!?!?!?!
Wow! I had no idea! The poppies were actually started here?? So cool! What an amazing thing it would be to bring this beautiful sign of support and remembrance back to our home country!
Anyone with me?
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