Part 2 (Shirt's History)

The original POPPY shirt

Make PEACE, NOT war

14 -18 remembered

A shirt with a mission: brotherhood of men while visiting Ypres Salient - Northern France - Somme - Verdun and other parts of the Western Front

From In Flanders Fields 1915 to the Mountains of France in 1975, up to 2015's Poppyshirt

Inspired by the Canadian John McCrae battlefront-theme poem In Flanders Fields, Moina Michael (American professor and humanitarian) published a poem in response called We Shall Keep the Faith. In tribute to the opening lines of McCrae's poem -- "In Flanders fields the poppies blow / Between the crosses row on row," -- Michael vowed to always wear a red poppy as a symbol of remembrance for those who served in the war.

After the war was over, Michael returned to the University of Georgia and taught a class of disabled servicemen. Realizing the need to provide financial and occupational support for these servicemen, she pursued the idea of selling silk poppies as a means of raising funds to assist disabled veterans. In 1921, her efforts resulted in the poppy being adopted as a symbol of remembrance for war veterans by the American Legion Auxiliary.

Part 2: a brilliant idea in London 1921, thanks to Moina Michael

The Poppy Exposition in Ypres - Cloth Hall & In Flanders Fields Museum, 2015

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