Motivational Monday - A Salute to The Poppy Lady on a Very Special Monday
Memorial Day, 2019
About The Poppy Lady -
Moina Belle Michael, an American professor and humanitarian, conceived the idea of using red Flanders poppies as a symbol of remembrance for those who served in World War I. Her inspirational idea of using poppies to create a token of Remembrance became a reality in 1918.
Moina Michael was also well known for her tireless work to help disabled veterans. During her time of her time volunteering with the National YMCA, a young soldier left Lt. Col. John McCrae's famous poem "In Flanders Fields," about the war's devastation. McCrae was a field surgeon in the Canadian artillery.
Since women were not allowed to vote, Moina put forth a tireless effort by mailing out thousands of letters to convince the entire nation to accept her Poppy idea. Speaking to countless groups and organizations, Moina used her own money for travel, stationary & stamps - all on a schoolteacher’s salary.
Enjoy Moina’s poem, penned in 1918…
Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet - to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.
We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.
And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.
Do you have a cause that you are passionate about? Keep fighting for what you believe in…
“First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.” - Mahatma Gandhi
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