In Flanders fields …

It’s intriguing to learn that John McCrae threw away his poem, In Flanders fields and that it was rescued by a fellow officer who sent it on to the English magazine Punch .

Many people were moved by the sentiments of “In Flanders fields” and the red poppy was first adopted by the American Legion at its annual convention in 1920.

Madame E Guerin saw the potential to make and sell poppies with the proceeds going to the welfare of veterans and their families and made it her mission to approach veterans’ groups in many countries, urging them to adopt the poppy as a symbol of remembrance.

In New Zealand the RSA placed an order for silk poppies made by Madame Guerin’s French children’s League. The poppies went on sale the day before Anzac day, 1922.

Ann Barsby

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