Remembrance Day (also known as
Poppy Day or
Armistice Day) is a
memorial day observed in
since the end of
World War I to remember
the members of their armed forces who have died in the
line of duty.
The tradition of wearing a poppy dates
back to 1920, when it became the memorial flower of
The American Legion Family.
The red poppy came to symbolize the blood
shed by those who fought and those who continue to fight
for our country following World War I. It was
popularized by the publication of the wartime poem
In Flanders Fields. Written by Lieutenant Colonel
John McCrae, M.D. while serving on the front lines in
World War I, the poem honors soldiers killed in battle.
The American Legion led the charge of
having Congress designate the Friday before Memorial Day
as National Poppy Day®,
a tradition found in many countries around the world.
National Poppy Day®
encourages all Americans to wear a red poppy to honor
the fallen and support the living heroes who have worn
our nation’s uniform.