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Poppy Prints for Memorial Day

Did you know that the red poppy flower is a symbol of remembrance for those who have died in war? 

In 1915, American professor Moina Michael "conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war." She was inspired by John McCrae's poem "In Flanders Fields," which uses imagery of red poppies growing up between the gravestones of fallen WWI soldiers. 

The VFW has since trademarked Buddy Poppies, and their Buddy Poppy program "provides compensation to the veterans who assemble the poppies, provides financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans' rehabilitation and service programs, and partially supports the VFW National Home For Children." The "remembrance poppy" is now used around the world, especially in the UK. White poppies also stand as a symbol of pacifism, while purple poppies honor animal victims of war. 

With Memorial Day approaching (and elections looming), it's the perfect time think about the reason for our upcoming three-day weekend - and maybe even take some inspiration for your Memorial Weekend outfit plans. I usually see a lot of red/white/blue ensembles, stars/stripes accessories, and some American Flag pins. However, with war and nationalism being such divisive topics nowadays, poppy prints may be a great way to respect our fallen soldiers without dragging politics into the mix. 

Click through the image for the Polyvore, and click here for the VFW contributions page (Buddy Poppies are in the menu on the right).