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Moina Michael Issue

Moina Michael (1869-1944) was the person most responsible for establishing the symbol of the red poppy as a memorial to those who served in WW I. As a volunteer for the YMCA Overseas War Workers in 1918, a poem describing poppies growing on a battlefield cemetery in France inspired her, and she promoted this symbol to national organizations. In 1920, the American Legion adopted this symbol, and with the help of the American Legion Auxiliary, disabled veterans made and sold silk poppies to raise funds for their support and rehabilitation.

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