Why the Poppy?


Memorial Day is almost upon us. We may be seeing people wearing poppy flowers, but do you know why?
The poppy flower is a symbol of remembrance. It was inspired by the WWI poem “In Flanders Fields". Its opening refers to the many poppies that were the first flowers to grow in the churned up earth of soldiers graves. In 1924, people were faced with a shortage of poppies. To fill the shortage, the first artificial poppy factory was created in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It employed veterans who needed work. Memorial Day is a significant day set aside for us to remember all American soldiers who have died while serving in the military. Make sure that we all take a moment to thank those people who have given their lives, so that you could have yours.