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A red and green poppy with two blue American Legion logos on the left and right. The blue text arches above and below the flower and the background is white.
The millions of red crepe paper poppies that appear on Memorial and Veterans Days are all handmade by veterans to raise awareness and money for disabled and hospitalized veterans throughout the country. The American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Program was first created in 1921. The red poppy was used as the symbol because of a line that appears in the poem “In Flanders Fields.” This poem was written by Lt. Col. John McCrea, M.D. while he was on the battlefront in World War I.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
We are the Dead. Short days ago
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
The poppy became a symbol, not only of the lives that were sacrificed, but also the hope that none had died without cause.