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Sam Pimper | The Columbus TelegramMay 28, 2019

The Poppy Story

From the battlefields of World War I, weary soldiers brought home the memory of a barren landscape transformed by wild poppies, red as the blood that had soaked the soil. By that miracle of nature, the spirit of their lost comrades lived on.

This poppy, as a memorial flower to the war dead, can be traced to a single individual, Miss Moina Michael. She was so moved by Col. McCrae’s poem that she wrote a response:

. . . the blood of heroes never dies

but lends a luster to the red

of the flower that blooms above the dead

In Flanders Fields.

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