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A Floral for Valentines Day. According to a Chinese legend, poppies symbolize faith and loyalty. In Persian poetry and literature the red poppy is considered the eternal flower of Love. I always think of them as everlasting life - as they are often sold in remembrance of loved ones on Memorial day.
During WWI, Lt. Col. John McCrae, a doctor, wrote the famous poem “In Flanders’ Fields” associating the poppy with those who died in battle, because the red corn poppy was one of the only flowers that grew on the battlefield. Moina Michael, an American woman, began the custom of wearing a red poppy to commemorate the love of a fallen soldier, sacrifices of war and the symbolic representation of keeping faith. After visiting the United States, Madam Guerin, of France, took the custom one step further by making the red poppies by hand and selling them to raise money for the benefit of the orphaned and destitute women and children in war torn areas of France. This tradition spread to Canada, The United States and Australia and is still followed today. The money collected from the sale of poppies goes to fund various veterans programs. (So this Memorial day, please remember to donate, and get a little red Poppy flower to wear in support from the Veteran sitting at the card table outside your local stores!!!) Happy Valentines Day!