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Poppies for Veteran's Day, November 11

by webdev

November 04, 2010

Next Thursday, November 11, is Veteran's Day, an annual celebration that honors the nation's military veterans for their service to the nation. Often, the day is referred to as Poppy Day - in relation to the poppy's symbolism of Remembrance.

Poppies owe their association with the holiday to a poem by military physician John McCrae titled 'In Flanders Fields," according to Victoria Advocate. McCrae, who wrote the poem after he witnessed the death and funeral of a friend, was referring to the poppies that covered the cemeteries where war casualties were buried in Flanders, Belgium.

Today the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion Auxiliary exchange poppies for a donation that benefits disabled and hospitalized veterans.

Those who would like to commemorate a loved one's military service may want to consider wearing red poppies to thank veterans for their sacrifice. For those who would like to send a patriotically themed bouquet to a family veteran, consider incorporating red roses, white lilies and blue statice into their flower arrangement.

According to, the cooler temperatures during autumn and early winter make for the best time to plant poppies. The flowers can grow to be as high as 18 inches and are require low-maintenance.


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