Statement on National Poppy Day — May 25, 2017
May 25, 2017
Statements for the Record – BY U.S. Rep Andre Carson
Mr. Speaker— I rise to recognize tomorrow, and each Friday before Memorial Day, as National Poppy Day.
National Poppy Day encourages all Americans to wear a red poppy flower as a symbol to remember the fallen and support the living heroes who have worn our nation’s uniform.
Following World War I, the red poppy became an internationally recognized symbol of the blood shed by those who fought for their countries.
Although it originated almost a century ago, the poppy is just as relevant today.
Throughout our history, countless Americans have laid down their lives to protect and defend the country and the people they love.
America’s living veterans have served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and many other conflicts around the world.
They fought for us and many bare scars that will stay with them for life.
As Americans, we have an obligation to remember the service and sacrifice of these brave men and women and their families, who have helped build the country we love today.
By recognizing National Poppy Day, we stand with these brave men and women and with the families of all those who did not make it home.
While we all agree with the sentiment, the symbolism behind the poppy is better known around the world than it is here in the United States.
It is worn in England and Canada, on Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day and Poppy Day, to commemorate members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty.
This year the United States commemorates the 100th anniversary of its entrance into World War I.
The American Legion, our largest wartime veterans organization which has a track record of promoting National Poppy Day, is approaching its 100th anniversary.
There is no more appropriate time for us, as a nation, to recognize this historic symbol of service.
As the proud author of H.Res. 309, a resolution recognizing National Poppy Day, I urge all of my colleagues to join me in promoting this visible recognition of those who have served our nation in uniform.
The American Legion Brings Poppy Day To The United States
The American Legion is calling on all Americans to wear a poppy on May 26 as a symbol of remembrance and hope.
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WASHINGTON, May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The American Legion is pleased to announce May 26 is National Poppy Day™. Already celebrated in countries around the world, Poppy Day is a time to wear or display a poppy to remember those who lost their lives in battle and in support of veterans, active-duty military and their families.
On May 3, 2017, National Poppy Day received support through the introduction of the House of Representatives Resolution 309 by Congressman André Carson of Indiana. House Resolution 309 has been referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and calls for the Friday before each Memorial Day to be recognized as National Poppy Day.
After World War I, the poppy flourished in Europe. The red flowers were commonly seen around the gravesites of fallen servicemembers. The flower is immortalized in the poem “In Flanders Fields,” penned by Lt. Col. John McCrae.
“As the United States commemorates the 100th anniversary of its entrance into World War I, it is only fitting that The America Legion brings Poppy Day to the U.S.,” said Charles E. Schmidt, national commander of The American Legion. “Just as The American Legion was the first organization to adopt the poppy as a symbol of remembrance for the fallen, we are pleased to be the first to formally recognize its historic significance with National Poppy Day.”
In the days leading to National Poppy Day and through Memorial Day, members of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion will be in communities across the country distributing poppies and collecting donations. All donations received as part of National Poppy Day will support veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families with medical and financial needs.
This year, National Poppy Day support was kicked off by The Boeing Company with a $100,000 donation to The American Legion. To learn how you can get involved, go to Legion.org/PoppyDay.
About The American Legion
The American Legion is the largest wartime veterans service organization with 2.1 million members in nearly 14,000 posts in communities across America. Chartered by Congress in 1919, The American Legion is committed to mentoring youth and sponsoring wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.
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