The Poppy Story
From the battlefields of World War I, weary soldiers brought home the memory of a barren landscape transformed by wild poppies, red as the blood that had soaked the soil. By that miracle of nature, the spirit of their lost comrades lived on.
This poppy, as a memorial flower to the war dead, can be traced to a single individual, Miss Moina Michael. She was so moved by Col. McCrae's poem that she wrote a response:
. . . the blood of heroes never dies
but lends a luster to the red
of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.
On impulse, she bought a bouquet of poppies and handed them to businessmen meeting at the New York YMCA where she worked. She asked them to wear the poppy as a tribute to the fallen. That was November 1918. World War I was over, but America's sons would rest forever "in Flanders Fields." Later, she would spearhead a campaign that would result in the adoption of the poppy as the national symbol of sacrifice. Reminding America each year that the men and women who have served and died for their country deserve to be remembered.
The poppy became a symbol of the sacrifice of lives in war and represented the hope that none had died in vain. The American Legion Auxiliary Poppy has continued to bloom for the casualties of four wars.
The petals of paper are bound together by disabled veterans in Nebraska. The materials are furnished free by the American Legion Auxiliary. All donations received will be used by The American Legion Family for their programs that support veterans, the military community and their families.
Symbolism of the Poppy
The red petals stand for the vast outpouring of blood; the green and black center, the mud and desolation of all battlefields.
The green of the stem is symbolic of the forests, meadows and fields where generations of Americans have perished to make this land free.
The stem represents the courage and determination of our fallen warriors.
The assembled product, a flower, is a symbol of resurrection. Wear a poppy to honor those who have worn our nation's uniform.