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Who started the custom of wearing red poppies on Memorial Day?

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The origin of the red poppy as a modern-day symbol of Memorial Day was the idea of an American woman, Moina Michael. It was on a Saturday morning, November 9, 1918, two days before the World War I Armistice was declared at 11 o'clock on November 11.

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Also to know is, who wore red poppies on Memorial Day?

That blood of heroes never dies. She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need.

Beside above, what does the red poppy symbolize? Our red poppy is a symbol of both Remembrance and hope for a peaceful future. Poppies are worn as a show of support for the Armed Forces community. The poppy is a well-known and well-established symbol, one that carries a wealth of history and meaning with it.

Secondly, why are poppies used for Memorial Day?

Americans don't typically wear poppies on November 11 (Veterans Day), which honors all living veterans. Instead, they wear the symbolic red flower on Memorial Day—the last Monday in May—to commemorate the sacrifice of so many men and women who have given their lives fighting for their country.

What do the colors of the poppy represent?

It is thought that the red of the petals represents the blood of those who gave their lives, the black button in the middle is for the mourning of those who never welcomed their loved ones home and the green leaf shows the hope that the grass and crops growing after the war brings.

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