May 27 is National Poppy Day

The American Legion Auxiliary encourages communities to wear a red poppy

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National Poppy Day is May 27

VICTORIA, Texas – Every year on the Friday before Memorial Day millions of people all over the world wear a red poppy. Red poppy is the nationally recognized symbol of sacrifice worn by Americans and citizens of allied nations since WWI to honor those who served and died in all wars.

Following WWI, the poppy flourished in Europe. Scientists determined lime deposits left from the war caused the poppy to grow.

“It was popularized by the publication of the wartime poem In Flanders Fields, written by Lt. Col. John McCrae, M.D. while serving on the front lines. In 1920, the red poppy was adopted by the American Legion Auxiliary as the official memorial flower,” wrote the American Legion Auxiliary in a press release.

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Wearing a red poppy is a visual reminder for your community to honor those who have given their lives in service while showing support for living service members and veterans.

Look for your 25 News Now anchors to wear red poppy on May 27.