Moina Michael

The story of how the poppy became a symbol of Remembrance.

Moina was inspired by In Flanders Field to write her own additional verses for the poem and to make the poppy a symbol of global Remembrance.

A professor at the University of Georgia, Moina Michael was also a passionate humanitarian. She came across McCrae's poem "In Flanders' Fields" on 9 November 1918 and acquired all the artifical red poppies she could find and began to sell them.

In 1920, the National American Legion convention adopted her Memorial Poppy as its symbol with the idea that American Legion members and supporters would wear the poppy annually on Armistice Day.