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Flower Power: How Moina Michael's Poppies Raised Millions for Veterans

Location: Athens-Clarke County Library, Appleton Auditorium

Date / Time: 6/14/2015 3:00 PM


1948 Moina Michael U. S. postage stamp

Please join us on Sunday, June 14th, Flag Day, for a discussion and celebration of Moina Belle Michael, who was inspired by the John McCrae poem now known as "In Flanders Field" to make the poppy an international symbol of memorial for those lost to the Great War. 

Tom Michael, the great-grandson of Moina Michael's brother, Willie Michael, will present a history of the impact of Moina Michael's efforts to make the poppy a symbol of remembrance, and information about the plan to commemorate Moina Michael and her work for veterans in 2018, the centennial of the end of World War I. 

Readings of the poem that inspired Moina, and her poem in response, "We Shall Keep the Faith," as read by Allen Rowell and Gay McCommons of Town and Gown Players.

Please join us afterward for light refreshments and conversation.

This program is free and open to the public.




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