Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. It is celebrated on the last Monday in May.
In 1915, inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” Moina Michael replied with her own poem:
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.
She then came up with the idea to wear red poppies on Memorial Day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) became the first veterans’ organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their “Buddy” Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. Donations received from the distribution of the Poppies are used to benefit disabled and needy veterans, and the surviving spouses and children of those who gave their lives for our country.
If you are staying with us at the Seralago Hotel & Suites this holiday weekend, you will notice all our employees wearing these Poppies in honor of those heroes who have given their all in service to their country. The National Moment of Remembrance Resolution, passed on December 2000, asks all Americans, on Memorial Day at 3:00pm, “to voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps.” We hope that on Memorial Day, at 3:00pm local time, you will join us in a “National Moment of Remembrance”.