Why Are Red Poppies Worn on Veterans Day?

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On Veterans Day, you might notice some people wearing little red poppies. You might even see a veteran handing out little red poppies for people to wear.

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Why Poppies?

Poppies became the symbol to represent veterans because of the poem "In Flanders Fields," by the Canadian military physician Colonel John McCrae. In the poem, McCrae wrote of the poppies that bloomed in some of the most bloodied battlefields of Flanders during World War I.

Poppies bloomes in the battlefields during World War I.
Poppies bloomes in the battlefields during World War I. (Image: majorosl/iStock/Getty Images)

Imagery of Red Poppies

In the poem, McCrae wrote of the imagery of the bright red poppies, which had bloomed over the rows and rows of white crosses. His poem became a rallying cry for soldiers in WWI.

The white crosses of a military cemetary.
The white crosses of a military cemetary. (Image: Bryan Busovicki/iStock/Getty Images)

Two Women

Anna Guerin of France and Moina Michael of Georgia were very touched by McCrae's poem. As a result, they worked hard to sell artificial poppies and raise money for disabled veterans and their families.

Veterans day poppies.
Veterans day poppies. (Image: MillefloreImages/iStock/Getty Images)

It Becomes Official

In 1922, the Veterans of Foreign Wars made the poppy the official memorial flower to represent United States veterans.

Poppies arethe official memorial flower to represent US veterans.
Poppies arethe official memorial flower to represent US veterans. (Image: EdwardSamuelCornwall/iStock/Getty Images)

Red Poppies Today

Red poppies are still worn on Veterans Day, and money is still collected to assist veterans returning from war and to aid their families. So, on the next Veteran’s Day, don’t forget to wear your red poppy in honor of all those who have served.

Wearing a red poppy honors all those who have served.
Wearing a red poppy honors all those who have served. (Image: EdwardSamuelCornwall/iStock/Getty Images)

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