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Why a Red Poppy on Veterans Day?


November 5, 2020

You can wear your poppy however you choose. There is no wrong way to wear a poppy. Just make sure to wear your poppy with pride. The D. Merl Tipton VFW will be selling poppies from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the C&S Grocery Store, Martinsburg location. The money raised from this event will go to local veteran groups' activities funds.

According to The National WWI Museum and Memorial website, Moina Michael, an American who was working as a YMCA Overseas War secretary in New York, read that John McCrae had died and vowed to always wear a red poppy of Flanders Fields in remembrance.

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae served with Canada's First Brigade Artillery as a surgeon at a field hospital in Belgium.

"In Flanders Fields" is written about the sight of the brilliant flowers growing on a bloody World War I battlefield. The Second Battle of Ypres took place in the province of West Flanders, Belgium, where there were many casu...

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