Memorial Day

Remembrance

Memorial Day (U.S.)May 28
Since World War I, poppies have been a symbol of remembrance on Memorial Day, honoring those who died in service to their countries. Red poppies are also a symbol of consolation. See more flower meanings.

The idea started in 1918 when American Moina Michael read the poem In Flanders Fields, written by Canadian John McCrae in 1915 during World War I. She began wearing and selling poppies to support veterans. Today, donations to veterans groups are often marked with a token paper red poppy.

Traditional observances at Memorial Day have diminished over the years. This day is for honoring those who have fallen in service (not all who have died). In honor, we raise the flag. See proper flag etiquette. We also decorate graves.

Read more about Memorial Day history and customs.

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